Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have done it again. From their gospel-tinged lyrics to Jade Castrino’s soulful voice, this band show off their best side on their sophomore album Here that makes you want to have their songs on repeat all day long.
The opening track “Man On Fire” was a great choice and really gave way to the band’s sound. “I want the whole damn world to come dance with me,” one of the most memorable lines in the song ( as well as the entire album) makes you want to do just that—dance with the band as they spread love around the world, as was the goal of the fictional band title character Edward Sharpe, a messiah-like figure created by Alex Ebert. Other songs such as “I Don’t Want to Pray” also talks on the topic of religion, with the standout lines “I love my G-d” repeated throughout it.
Castrino’s voice gives me chills. On songs like “That’s What’s Up” and “Fiya Wata” she really gets to shine, delivering powerful vocals almost reminiscent of Adele (and sometimes the late Amy Winehouse), but sweeter. She’s an artist I would definitely want to come out with a solo project.
All of the songs on this album would be the ones you’d expect to see on movie and television show soundtracks set in the 70s. If songs like “One Love to Another” and “Child” doesn’t make you want to connect to your inner hippie or take a ride cross-country in a van with friends, I don’t know what will. With feel good beats and lyrics you can’t help but sing along to, Here by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is one album that will lift you up and pleasantly delight you.