After the critical success and musical authenticity of the self-titled first album by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, I was anxiously waiting to hear how their sound would differ on their follow up album. Their first album had such a simple folk sound that was accessible to so many people and as a result, made people want to sing out in rejoice to anthems like “Home”, which is definitely the most well-known track on that album. One of the things I love about this band is that they have about 10 people playing instruments and singing, yet they’ve perfectly orchestrated themselves in a way that maintains a free-spirited, simple folk sound that connects you to a greater feeling of rural roots.
The second studio album from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, named Here, exudes energy and love as you listen. They have successfully maintained their free-spirited sound that makes you feel like everything is a celebration, but even more, they have gotten better. Their sound is crystallized and refined, which is probably a result of their success on the first album. They also sound more confident on this album. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that most people love their refreshing sound?
Start to finish, this album is phenomenal. Their album art beautiful captures the kaleidoscope of energy that streams from your speakers as you listen to this album. The first three tracks of the album have the most energy, but every track is a full, unique journey through several emotions and feelings. I love the way every track builds and develops and unravels itself as it progresses, usually before it reels itself in at the end for a nice finish. “Man on Fire” is a great example of this, with a nice quiet start that builds into a great celebration and an easy ending.
One more thing I want to touch on. The sounds on this album are so unique. There is a diversity of instruments and vocal stylings that you will continue to explore in various depths as you listen to this album more. There are layers on this album that feel like they are just waiting to be discovered.
I am so happy that such talented musicians and artists have created something so beautiful again. I feel so fortunate that music is still being made like it is on this album. On Here, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes have really established themselves as a beautiful force in the music industry and the world. It is so cool, and I am so pleased to see that they are doing what they are. It’s just plain awesome.
Please enjoy this album with your windows open and be ready to feel good.