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[*] posted on 3-2-2011 at 10:25 AM
Edward Sharpe frontman fails at solo debut



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Edward Sharpe frontman fails at solo debut
By Alex McPherson

Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 23:03



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Alex Ebert, frontman for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Ebertís new solo debut falls short of expectations.


From the pop/punk of Ima Robot to the friendly folk of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, what is there that Alex Ebert can't do?
Front man for both bands, Alex Ebert, has created an album for himself, by himself.
"I wanted to be able to build an album basically with my hands, like building a house by myself," Ebert said in a press release.
His first solo album, "Alexander," shows off his insane talents as he's written, arranged and performed each instrument and intimate sound.
While similar in genre, it's a fantastic difference from the 10-piece band that makes up Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.
The tracks are more raw, and each instrument has a distinctive impact on the song as a whole.
Using a thrift store Lowrey organ and a vintage violin, along with his usual folksy guitar, Ebert adds just enough instrumentation to keep the listener intent.
His occasional sound effects, using whatever he could find, also add a homegrown feeling to many tracks.
The opener, "Let's Win!" is a wildly catchy diddy with plenty of obscure background sounds that keep heads bobbing throughout.
"Truth" shows off some whistling in fun, western fashion, while Ebert uses spoken-word raps to address the darkness in the world, while he's only looking for love and the truth.
With fun, lovey-dovey lyrics, "A Million Years" features a great self-made chorus harmony proving exactly how high Ebert's voice can go.
For a mellow and basic album, "Alexander" has its bright moments and certainly shows the continuous evolution of this ever-changing artist.
However, as a crowd pleaser, it falls flat and is a tad too plain to garner the rabid fan love like "Home" of his Edward Sharpe fame.
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[*] posted on 3-2-2011 at 08:27 PM


oh my god. they compare it to HOME?
im tired of home...come on. alexander=FTW
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[*] posted on 3-3-2011 at 10:55 AM


It's funny how he mostly has good things to say about the album, but then, thinking back, he wishes it was an album full of copies of Home, regardless of the fact that this is not an edward sharpe album. so therefore, the album is a failure. Makes perfect sense!
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[*] posted on 8-16-2011 at 10:38 PM


Quote: Originally posted by imarob2  
It's funny how he mostly has good things to say about the album, but then, thinking back, he wishes it was an album full of copies of Home, regardless of the fact that this is not an edward sharpe album. so therefore, the album is a failure. Makes perfect sense!


Couldn't have said it better :thumbup:




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