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Sharpe is a fictional character devised by singer Alex Ebert
Sharpe is a fictional character devised by singer Alex Ebert
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Album Review: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (Vagrant Records) 4 STARS

First things first, there is no one actually called Edward Sharpe in this band.

Sharpe is a fictional character devised by singer Alex Ebert who, as he explains, "was sent down to Earth to kind of heal and save mankind . . . but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love."

Ebert's bonkers little soundbite gives a hint at what these gospel and soul infused neo-psychedelic outfit are up to.

This is big, crazy, uplifting music, taking the baton from the likes of Matthew E White and doing their own sweet thing with it.

This is their third album and follow up to the record that broke them in the States, Here, which gate-crashed the top five.

Edward Sharpe, whoever the hell he is, has become a big deal with the likes of Rolling Stone and National Public Radio.

Opening tracks Better Days and the self-explanatory Let's Get High set the scene perfectly.

This is kooky music with heart and soul.

At times, they sound like a lo-fi Polyphonic Spree, but most of the time it's completely mad, spaced-out loon music, but always in the best possible way.

KEY TRACKS Better Days, Let's Get High

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