Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (album)

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Released July 23, 2013
Genre Indie folk, gospel, neo-psychedelia, roots rock, indie rock
Length 56:57
Label Vagrant, Rough Trade, Communion, Gentleman of the Road
Producer Alex Ebert
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros chronology
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Singles from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  1. "Better Days"
    Released: 20 May 2013
  2. "Life Is Hard"
    Released: 16 September 2013

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is the third album by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. It was released on July 23, 2013 in North America and was released on July 29, 2013 around the world through Vagrant Records, Rough Trade Records and Communion Records. Frontman Alex Ebert stated that "These songs mean everything to me - It's the rawest, most liberated, most rambunctious stuff we've done."[1]

On May 22, 2013, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros posted "Better Days", the first single from the upcoming album on their Soundcloud and Tumblr pages.[2]

On July 15, 2013, the band made the whole album available for streaming online through NPR.[3]

The band uploaded a music video for their second single, "Life Is Hard", on their YouTube channel on September 19, 2013. The music video, filmed in The Box Theatre in New York, was performed in front of a live audience on August 25, 2013.[4][5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Better Days" Alex Ebert, Nico Aglietti 4:25
2. "Let's Get High" Ebert 6:30
3. "Two" Ebert, Seth Ford-Young, Mark Noseworthy 3:27
4. "Please!" Ebert 3:32
5. "Country Calling" Ebert 3:30
6. "Life Is Hard" Jade Castrinos, Ebert 3:30
7. "If I Were Free" Ebert, Josh Collazo, Ford-Young, Noseworthy 5:37
8. "In the Lion" Ebert 4:33
9. "They Were Wrong" Ebert 3:42
10. "In the Summer" Ebert 3:35
11. "Remember to Remember" Castrinos, Stewart Cole, Ebert 4:22
12. "This Life" Ebert, Aglietti 5:59


  • Alex Ebert - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion, string arrangements, keyboards, electric bass, basketball, melodica
  • Jade Castrinos - vocals, acoustic guitar, tambourine
  • Christian Letts - electric and acoustic guitar, 12 string guitar, mandolin, marching bass drum, vocals
  • Stewart Cole - trumpet, synths, piano, alto horn, flugelhorn, baritone horn, cornet, hammond and lowrey organs, wurli, clav, pump organ, recorder, vocals
  • Mark Noseworthy - electric and acoustic guitar, 11 string guitar, ronrocco, tenor banjo, slide guitar, electric 12 string guitar, mandolin, vocals
  • Crash - vocals
  • Orpheo McCord - percussion, drums, marimba, vocals
  • Nora Kirkpatrick - accordion, organ, keys, omnichord, vocals
  • Josh Collazo - drums, concert toms, percussion, alto saxophone, vocals
  • Seth Ford-Young - electric bass, upright bass, vocals


  • Aaron Arntz - piano on Better Days and If I Were Free
  • Nico Algietti - electric guitar on Remember to Remember, Please, acoustic on Life Is Hard
  • Roger Joseph Manning Jr. - piano on Life Is Hard
  • Aaron Embry - piano and organ solo on This Life
  • Nathaniel Markman - violin on They Were Wrong and Remember to Remember
  • Fred Bows and Susie Park - violins on Two, Life Is Hard, and In The Lion
  • Matt Linesch - Engineer/Mixer


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 61/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[7]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[8]

On Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros holds an average score of 61, based on 21 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6]

The album debuted at No. 14 on Billboard 200, and No. 1 on the Folk Albums chart,[9] selling around 18,000 copies in its first week . It has sold 60,000 copies as of March 2016.[10]


Chart (2013) Peak
Canada (Music Canada)[11] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 51
US Billboard 200[13] 14
US Americana/Folk Albums[14] 1
US Independent Albums[15] 2
US Rock Albums[16] 3
US Tastemaker Albums[17] 3
US Vinyl Albums[18] 3


  1. ^ "Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros detail new album, summer tour". Consequence of Sound. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  2. ^ "Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Better Days". Edwardsharpeandthemagneticzeros.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Stephen (2013-07-14). "First Listen: 'Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros'". NPR. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  4. ^ Moskovitch, Greg (25 September 2013). "Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Unveil Video For New Single 'Life Is Hard'". Musicfeeds.com. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Alex (19 September 2013). "Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros "Life Is Hard" (live video)". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  7. ^ Thomas, Fred. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  8. ^ Koellner, Amanda. "Album Review: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved Jul 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Folk Album". Billboard. August 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros > Billboard Canadian Albums". Billboard. 
  12. ^ "Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros". Official Charts Company. 
  13. ^ "Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros > Billboard 200". Billboard. 
  14. ^ "Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros > Americana/Folk Albums". Billboard. 
  15. ^ "Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros > Independent Albums". Billboard. 
  16. ^ "Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros > Rock Albums". Billboard. 
  17. ^ "Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros > Tastemaker Album". Billboard. 
  18. ^ "Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros > Vinyl Albums". Billboard. 

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