Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Oct. 26, 2010
The Grove of Anaheim
The Show: As someone who's spent a fair amount of time cavorting with hippies--and has a particular disdain for hippy culture--watching a pseudo-hippy band like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros revealed a lot about my staunchly-held beliefs. No matter how tenaciously I want to hate this band for their day-glow piano, and scruffy Devendra Banhart aesthetic, I just can't.
Watching the free-spirited group of 10 musicians play such epic songs as"Home" and "40 Day Dream" while the audience trance-danced and shook tambourines, it was hard not to be moved by the group's optimistic sound.
That said, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero's few awesome songs are eclipsed by their overwhelming catalogue of mediocre material. Though the song "Janglin" was particularly uplifting with it's xylophone intro and audience assisted chorus, it was one of a handful of single-worthy highlights for most of the evening. Contrasted with slower, trudging songs such as "Carry On," it wasn't enough to maintain the set's buoyancy.
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