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On its previous outing, 2006’s Monument to the Masses, L.A.’s Ima Robot came off as a fun, feisty bunch of misfits making quirky, genre-mashing pop-punk music you could dance to. Then founder Alex Ebert started a new band, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, whose soulful hippiedom cast a long (and hirsute!) shadow over the snappy and clever Ima Robot in 2009. As if wrestling with an evil (but innocent and well-meaning) doppelgänger, Ebert came back out of left space-field in 2010 with Ima Robot’s third album, Another Man’s Treasure. It surprised everyone with a musicologist’s dream offering: electronic, ambient, dance, and world sounds, Eno/Byrne-ness, and jazz all blend into this heady brew. More psychedelic than pop, more meditative than party-ready, songs like the Can-ish “Rough Night,” the fantastically trance-inducing “Swell,” and the meandering faux-reggae “Life Is Short” all make for transcendent listening. If Ebert can keep both of these wonderful musical entities going, the world will be a better place.

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Wow, what a disappointment !!

Please, we waited all these years for this garbage? I could barely get through a single tune. What a let down. You seriously have to be high on acid to even remotely enjoy this.

Another Man's Treasure

I remember, like was yesterday that Alex had lines in his signature mullet and his lyrics to the brilliant first album equaled to a fistpump. New Wave as you knew it either held on to or doubled up its punk rock spirit, Alex envisioned an end to the earth, and in the middle was Alex's honest and often cynical musings on love. It was a polarizing debut that caught some fans and caught insults from other people. Another major label album, a label change, a couple of b-sides, and blooming side projects later, each remaining member of IMA Robot became different men.

In an interview for Alex's current band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Alex made it clear that he didn't feel like perpetuating the angry mindstate he had back when making their first breakout album. He also liked it better that music was a representation of where you are at life. So, if you expect the futuristic punk of Ima Robot past, then you will be disappointed. If you welcome inevitable change, then this album might be good for you.

Those who have kept up with Ima Robot's Myspace b-sides and rarities throughout the years know that the sounds of Ima Robot change like the weather. One thing that is constant is that they hardly sound like anyone else (which you can blame on Alex Ebert's unique vocals). Since the band created the happier "Better Than Nife", the music leaned towards more positive waters. So, it wouldn't surprise those keeping up find that Ima Robot's music is now a mixed bag of psychedelia, new wave, prog, a sprinkle of folk, and pop.

Another Man's Treasure includes the radiant "Ruthless", the hypnotic and hazy "Rough Night", the peaceful pop of "Life is Short", the adventurous and perhaps even exotic-sounding "Sail With Me", the stripped-down "Shine Shine"...the album moves across the board. This album is a grower to those used to the rant-heavy Ima Robot of the past, but will be a welcome change to those who love Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

I recommend also going for the four bonus tracks, which can be found on the band's website. In my opinion, both the soaring "Victory" and acoustic guitar-led instrumental "Peru" could have been great fits, if not great denouements, to the album.

This isn't an Ima Robot album

Simply put, this is another Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros album, not Ima Robot


Formed: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Los Angeles-bred Ima Robot makes hooky, punky modern rock out of terribly fashionable musical byproducts. The band started in the early '90s, just willowy Alex Ebert and crazy Timmy Anderson making beats and trying to rap. The stardom-dreaming duo was eventually joined by electronics whiz Oligee, and the trio hit the L.A. music scene with a wiry, fiery mix of electronics, guitar, and sort-of singing. Buzz occurred, and soon crack session pros Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Joey Waronker had joined the...
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