Without putting a number on their worth, LA-based indie folk ensemble Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros have certainly proven irresistible to audiences who can't seem to get enough rootsy acoustic rock these days. (Frontman Alex Ebert's previous life with '00s dance punk trend-hopper Ima Robot was less successful.) Sophomore album Here should only solidify the Magnetic Zeros' appeal. The band works in basically three modes: twangy, campfire sing-along spirituals ("That's What's Up," "I Don't Wanna Pray"), soft-lipped acoustic ballads ("Dear Believer," "Child") and the occasional broad, rafters-reaching chorus ("Man on Fire") that recalls Arcade Fire, if not quite their fantastical lyricism. The best moments are their least accented or affected, like "Mayla," with its easy rhythm, nimble guitar flourishes, stately chorals and enlivening trumpet breaks.
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