Person A by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

C. Kinsley
May 23, 2016

RATING:

50

%

TRACKS:

10

LABEL:

Community Music

RELEASE DATE:

04/15/2016


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is a band from Los Angeles, California. The band's current lineup consists of Alex Ebert, Mark Noseworthy, Orpheo McCord, Josh Collazo, Christian Letts, Nico Aglietti, Seth Ford-Young, Mitchell Yoshida, Christopher Richard and Stewart Cole. Person A is their fourth studio release.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros made a splash in 2009 with their breakout debut album Up From Below. The record wasn't that great or anything, but it did produce the massive hit single "Home." The song could be heard on the radio, TV commercials, movies, and sitcoms, making Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros a household name. It was a very catchy song and had a similar vibe to Rusted Root's 1994 single "Send Me On My Way." The two songs don't sound the same, musically, but if there were ever an album called The Most Appealing Damn Songs Ever they would most certainly be on the record.

After two disappointing releases later we now have Person A, the band's fourth studio album and first without the lovely Jade Castrinos, who was released from the group in 2014. Ebert does alright holding the vocals on his own, and the instrumentation remains full and lively, but Castrinos' voice was always the icing on the cake. She had that old-school Hee-Haw vibe going on, and I really miss that. But with or without Castrinos, I doubt it would have made any difference. The songwriting just isn't that good. There're some decent tracks such as the Beatles-inspired "Somewhere", "No Love Like Yours,"Wake Up The Sun" and "The Ballad of Yaya." Person A has some good moments, but overall it's just another disappointing release by a band lacking the creative energy in the studio. I would describe the music as folk rock influenced by 60's psychedelic pop.

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