Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros self-titled third album was released today in the U.K. and Europe by Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road label.
The album has been well received in the United States since the Community Music/Vagrant label released the album on July 23. The album is currently No. 181 on the Billboard 200.
“Irony and sarcasm are in short supply on the group’s third album, ‘Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros,'” writes the Los Angeles Times in its Aug. 3 article. “Instead, Ebert and the nearly dozen other members of this hard-to-categorize collective pour themselves into unapologetic expressions of love, peace, the quest for transcendent experience and other remnants of the hippie era.” Read more from the LA Times.
Count Hollywood couple Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis as fans. GQ Magazine recently asked Sudeikis about his real-life music taste.
“I like any good music to listen to when drunk: Wilco, Tom Petty. Right now it’s the new Jay-Z albbum, Kanye or Mumford,” he told the magazine. “A lot of hip-hop – playing basketball up through college, I’ve just always listened to it. I was lucky to have had MTV in my house as a kid. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, I love that new album.”
Sudeikis recently appeared in Mumford & Sons’s parody/video of “Hopeless Wanderer,” along with Jason Bateman and Ed Helms.
The Independent’s Sammi Richman wasn’t as kind, calling the new album a “a collection of songs every bit as raggle-taggle as the musicians playing them.”
“There are great songs here (‘Let’s Get High’ and ‘Better Days’ are another two for the greatest misses), but there’s also self-indulgence and cod philosophy,” the newspaper said. “Worse, as usual, Jade Castrinos’s electrifying voice is a criminally undervalued asset. Brilliant, frustrating, thrilling and irritating. In other words, exactly what we’ve come to expect from an Edward Sharpe album.”