Ever since we first saw Edward Sharpe marching with his beardy band of gypsies (the Magnetic Zeros) across a field to serenade us “Home,” it’s been tempting to wonder if the guy could really be as sincere as he seems to try to come across. The follow up to its, at times, darkly wandering debut Up From Below, Here shies away from the darkness of a sophomore slump, yet maintains an introspective nature that is often inherent in second efforts. The interplay of Sharpe and co-singer Jade is still ever present, as in tracks like “That’s What’s Up,” a Woodstock-y throwback tune. Drifty afternoon stoniness blankets the middle portion of the album with “Mayla,” and “Dear Believer.” “One Love To Another” is one of the album’s more seductive listening moments, with subtly reggae undertones, which is followed by the swaying swagger of track “Fiya Wata.” It’s not the same persistent energy we heard on Up From Below, but Sharpe and his mates are proving their sincerity and commitment to the Magnetic Zeros sound.
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