Album Review: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

  • Posted by: Andrew Gruttadaro

On the title track of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' debut album, Up From Below, bandleader Alexander Ebert proclaims that he's "ridin' on hell's hot flames comin' up from below." Here, the band's follow-up album, reuses that metaphor with its opening track, "Man on Fire," but does so for a different effect. Ebert, along with his nine-plus band members, has made it through hell's flames and is now basking in the sun's rays. Things aren't as hopeless as they once were, and that's something Ebert feels is worth celebrating. "Man on Fire" sets the tone for an album that is mostly about satisfaction and trying to positively deal with success.

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