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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Audio CD
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1. 40 Day Dream
2. Janglin
3. Up From Below
4. Carries On
5. Jade
6. Home
7. Desert Song
8. Black Water
9. Come In Please
10. Simplest Love
11. Kisses Over Babylon
12. Brother
13. Om Nashi Me

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yep this is Hippie Heaven May 2 2011
By Tommy Dooley HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I spotted this on Amazon.com and saw the positive reviews here and decided I would give it a go. That was the best thing I did that day, I am new to the glorious sounds of 'Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros', but I intend to become fully acquainted after hearing this.

They have been compared to the hippy culture of the late sixties and I don't think they would disagree. They reminded me in places of the aural joy you get in some of the songs of that time and the outpouring of love from shows like 'Hair' etc. They all have a go at singing and have a plethora of instruments including harmonica, accordion, trumpets and even a viola, but I am sure they have a few tambourines too. This is in no way cacophonous; it is a beautiful blend of nostalgia that is brought up to date exploding with the joys of life. I am a bit gushy there, but you have to hear it to get the full thing.

Opening track '40 Day dream' is all percussion, keyboards and a riff that will pull you along effortlessly, but the mood changes on every track. 'Jade' is a low key love ode to, well Jade, who sings and plays percussion with the Zeros. Track 4 'Carries On' is my current favourite, but I love all of them. What I really appreciate is the way they all burst into song at the chorus a bit like Polyphonic Spree used to do, but this is miles better.

'Kisses Over Babylon' is Spanish I think and just oozes emotion and 'Black Water' just keeps haunting me. This will not float everyone's boat, but if yours don't move then you really aint in touch with your inner child and have probably never hugged a tree let alone climbed one. I'm off to listen again and do some recreational medication (or have a cup of herbal tea - peace).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl sounds better than CD/MP3 Oct. 6 2012
By Geee!
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
That the vinyl is better than the other formats is no big surprise since sonically those versions (CD & MP3) suck. True, this is lo-fi & an homage to the sound of 60s. This set is mastered by Doug Sax, so likely it's as good as it can get. The vinyl does still sound compressed though, I imagine because the recording is, not the mastering per se. There is some greater detail & separation thankfully. Big bottom end. The vinyl is not quiet, but I have yet to give it a thorough cleaning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long haired freaky people, need not apply June 24 2011
By ripitup
Format:Audio CD
I too of course heard HOME on Serius and raced to get their CD. Was thrilled to fly from Canada to see them, Mumford and Old Crow in New Orleans together. The CD as a whole listening experience is a fantastic original masterpiece. Buy the CD just so you know the songs and can appreciate how actually good they are when you see them live.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hippie but good March 4 2011
Format:Audio CD
The title says it all, this cd is great to listen to. Its not something you'll get up and dance to but it's original and enjoyable. Originally I bought it for the song 'HOME' but there is more than just one good track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They play like innocent kids. And make you want to. Dec 14 2009
By Jesse Kornbluth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When it's time to name the Song of the Year, list-makers who don't put "Home" in their Top Five may come to feel...sheepish.

That's because there's a medicine show coming your way, guaranteed to cure whatever ails you. And the best service someone like me can provide is to prepare you for it. That's simple: you're going to dance. Pretty much from minute one. With whomever you're with. With strangers. And with a massive, how-did-this happen grin on your face.

Maybe you could know a bit more. Like: there is no "Edward Sharpe" in the 9-to12-member band that that calls itself Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Alex Ebert. the lead singer, looks like a guy who's just back from an ashram in India: underfed, long hair up in a bun, loose white shirt and pants, and bare feet. The female lead singer is so enthusiastic and awake --- a knockout in a thrift-shop dress, cardigan sweater and running shoes --- that you can't take your eyes off her. "A beautiful woman," Proust wrote, "is an invitation to a happiness she alone can fulfill." That is Jade Castrinos.

I love everything about this crew --- its large cast, its back story, and, most of all, its simple formula for happiness.

Okay, so the lyrics are mostly unabashed cornball ("Alabama, Arkansas/ I do love my Ma and Pa/ But not as much as I do love you"). I love how the song starts with a whistled echo of an Ennio Morricone theme from a Clint Eastwood western. I love the band and its soloists. Most of all, I'm a sucker for the refrain: "Home, let me come home/ Home is wherever I'm with you."

I have read the reviews, and it's the same deal in every city --- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are a traveling Woodstock, a throwback to the great lost days when bands thought of themselves as families and concerts were foaming whirlpools of joy.

Who are they? How did they happen? What do they mean?

Pass the peace pipe, kids, and I'll tell you a story that may make you --- depending on your age --- nostalgic or jealous.

We start with Alex Ebert, lead singer of a band called Ima Robot. He is cynical and negative, drunk on a daily basis. Desperate to be someone else, he breaks up the band, leaves his girlfriend for a small apartment with a blow-up mattress and joins Alcoholics Anonymous. A year later, Ebert has written many pages about Edward Sharpe, who was "sent down to Earth to heal and save mankind --- but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love."

Then, in downtown Los Angeles, he meets Jade Castrinos. They "hit it off and made a run for freedom." They start writing songs. They acquire a school bus and a band.

Want yet another reason to mourn Heath Ledger? He gives the band seed money to record a CD. Which they do --- using a 24-track tape machine from 1979 and bargain-basement reels of 2-inch tape." In July of 2009, the launch party for "Up from Below" was, unsurprisingly a benefit, with the money going to help the Gulu Widows Group of Uganda start a farm to sustain their community. And then they went on the road....

The young `uns and the folks who missed it first time around know hippies only as caricatures. Ebert's much closer to the real deal: "If we go to your town, I can imagine a time when we're rolling up to a parking lot and parking the bus and setting up the stage and the bleed from the audience to us, it's just not even there. It's like a river, you know?"

Audiences do know. And they jump in. Ebert: "The night I went into the crowd [at the Echo] and everybody was singing, you could almost feel their hearts."
That's pretty much any night for this band. Because what it offers is not being sold anywhere else --- a reversion to childhood. He's a child and she's a child, and they have a childish belief that their love will last forever, and the band feels the same way. That's a lot of permission on one stage.

Enduring love, a family of friends, a place that felt like home --- when I stumbled out of college into the Real World, I craved nothing more. Escapism? Maybe. But also a recognition that the Real World isn't the only one, that there's a door over here, and all you have to do is open it to feel the freedom you had as a kid.
See Edward Sharp, if you can. But for the sake of your soul, at least spend a buck on the MP3 download of "Home" and keep it near you. Because there's always a psychic emergency ahead. And if there's a better First Aid kit, I don't know it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Record Feb. 21 2010
By Keith M. Crossley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an incredibly good record.

I hesitated to buy it. How can a band produce something like "Home" and not have the rest of the record sound like repitition or duds? "Home" sounds like a perfect candidate for a "one-hit wonder" band.

But that is not the case.

This record is full of invention and wonder; originality combined with allusions to other masters. I hear so many sounds that make me go "who is that like?" and if I remember I think "no - it is reminiscent, but not a copy". And they just layer it all on you, over and over, track after track. Creating their own original experience.

Incredible. Thanks, Brooke, for turning me onto this.

Oh - and the car radio or YouTube or little things stuck in your ears do not do justice. You need to hear it play (loud) where the drum pounds through your chest and the piano rings in your ears and the horns blare in your face and you dance and smile.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad but Doesn't Hold Up Oct. 6 2010
By Erik J. Malvick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I picked this album up on a whim at my local record store when they were playing it. The songs Jade, Home, and Desert Songs. Jade grabbed my attention, Home grabbed my wallet, and Desert Song closed the deal.

Unfortunately, it really seems that those songs are the best the album offers, which isn't necessarily bad, but it isn't great either. I had really loved Home and was hopeful that there would be further tracks that worked in that duet / call-response type style of that song, but there isn't. It is a 5-star track and among my favorite songs of the past couple of years.

The album on the whole doesn't start off bad, and it seems to hold up fairly well through the first half. They are a band that puts off a vibe remeniscent of the late 60's. Where I think things fall apart a bit is after the three songs listed above where the overall tone starts to darken. While I have nothing against darker music this tone slows the album down and contrasts with that vibe. Listening closer, this problem really only shows up in a few tracks, but the pace slows down across that latter half that unless you listen to the songs individually, it feels a bit drawn-out and depressing.

Overall, I do like the album, and even if you are not willing to try the album, the song Home is really worth getting as an MP3. This is the band's first album, so I feel that if they keep together, they will probably only improve. In the mean time, use caution if purchasing this album based on the song Home (or perhaps even any other track you may have heard)... they won't be necessarily representative of the whole album.
30 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Freight train that loses steam Jan. 13 2010
By A. Chizmar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I heard the song "Home" on a mix tape and really liked it. It was fun and sweet and had an intricate simplicity I really enjoyed. I got the full album and it starts off amazing. Lots of interesting and catchy tunes. About half way through though, this album loses all steam. It gets thin and boring and somber. The happiness that made me pick the album up disappeared. I found myself wondering how much longer the songs were because they were just dragging on forever. To me, this would be a great album if it was cut in half. It feels like the first chunk is fun and original, and the latter is just unneeded filler.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl sounds better than CD/MP3 Oct. 6 2012
By Geee! - Published on Amazon.com
Format:LP Record
That the vinyl is better than the other formats is no big surprise since sonically those versions (CD & MP3) suck. True, this is lo-fi & an homage to the sound of 60s. This set is mastered by Doug Sax, so likely it's as good as it can get. The vinyl does still sound compressed though, I imagine because the recording is, not the mastering per se. There is some greater detail & separation thankfully. Big bottom end. The vinyl is not quiet, but I have yet to give it a thorough cleaning.
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