For the last fortnight we have been listening to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros self-titled album, released on Rough Trade last summer.
The album has clear influences of the mid-sixties. The whimsical pop of the Beatles and the Kinks can be heard on When You’re Young and If I Were Free, while They Were Wrong is a convincing Johnny Cash impression.
Despite some nice songs scattered throughout the album, such as the opener Better Days, I struggled to really get into it. Let’s Get High is an awful, overly silly song which musically sounds like the theme tune to a cartoon about a dancing frog, whilst the lyrics suggest all the world’s problems can be solved by being marched alongside by a jamboree.
The highlights for me come on the songs featuring the female vocalist, Jade Castrinos. Two is a nice duet and Remember to Remember has a Dusty Springfield soul feel about it and is sung with real passion. Life Is Hard is also a good song with a simple message.