Here True, this L.A. folk-pop group began as a concept band about a bearded messiah, and singer Alex Ebert sometimes performs shirtless. But before you dismiss… Here True, this L.A. folk-pop group began as a concept band about a bearded messiah, and singer Alex Ebert sometimes performs shirtless. But before you dismiss… 2012-05-29 Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Indie Rock Vagrant
Music Review

Here (2012)

SHARPE TURN The L.A. folk-pop group loads up on the sweet reggae melodies on Here
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SHARPE TURN The L.A. folk-pop group loads up on the sweet reggae melodies on Here
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 29, 2012; Lead Performance: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros; Genre: Indie Rock; Production: Vagrant

True, this L.A. folk-pop group began as a concept band about a bearded messiah, and singer Alex Ebert sometimes performs shirtless. But before you dismiss them as Hollywood hippies, know that they're serious about the lovely troubadour melodies on Here. From the jug-band-style jam ''That's What's Up'' to the reggae bliss-out ''One Love to Another,'' they've got so much heart, they can crush hipster irony with one squeeze of the accordion. A-

Best Tracks:
Acoustic That's What's Up
Wistful All Wash Out
Originally posted May 23, 2012 Published in issue #1209-1210 Jun 01, 2012 Order article reprints