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Alexander [CD]

Alexander Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,555 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Awake My Body 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Truth 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. In The Twilight 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Old Friend 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. A Million Years 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Remember Our Heart 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Glimpses 5:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Let's Make A Deal Not To Make A Deal 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Fifteen or so years ago, folk music and the alternative mainstream were two very separate entities, intersecting only via a few figures associated with the curious non-genre of ‘chill-out’.

Skip forward to the present day and folk is everywhere, scattered through the contemporary musical landscape in innumerable guises. It’s there in the glittering harp-powered visions of Joanna Newsom; the druggy electronics of Animal Collective; the distinctly more mainstream fare like Noah and the Whale and Mumford & Sons; the revival in popularity of oldsters like Richard Thompson. Almost smack-bang in the middle of them all is a fellow named Alexander, better known as Alex Ebert, confusingly-named frontman of US pop-rockers Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Actually, though, it’s misleading to suggest Alexander’s self-titled record represents a medium of the sounds and attitudes of contemporary folk. It’s more that he attempts to dip his toes in a little bit of everything going on at the moment. Alexander (the record) kicks off with the acid-fried skiffle silliness of Let’s Win: pretty, melodic, slight and flippant, rattled off in a high register and slowly pickled by the addition of a series of daft electronic effects.  It’s followed by Awake My Body, where all of a sudden he’s a creaky voiced old soak, growling out words of hippyish wisdom that are occasionally broken-up wordless whirligigs of Animal Collective-style chorus. Truth sees him dabble with a bit of Newton Faulkner-ish AOR; In the Twilight is the spit of Paul Simon’s Graceland; on the ragged Bad Bad Love it’s time for the Dylan impression; and Old Friend is a game attempt at tackling the battered, sundown intimacy of acoustic Springsteen.

For the most part Ebert wears these various guises well. Certainly care and feeling are in evidence, and the there are gleaming hooks at every turn. But there is an old cliché about being jack-of-all-trades and master of none, and ultimately Alexander is too diffused to have much identity as a body of work beyond ‘folky’. Ultimately this sounds like a side project, which can only be so disappointing when that’s precisely what it is.

--Andrzej Lukowski

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 Mar 2014
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What a voice Alex Ebert has. I only got into him through Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and after googling him, I bought Im a robot (his first band), and this solo album. This album is fantastic, some really great chilled out tunes, that are engaging and can be listened to over and over again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss 14 Feb 2014
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Some great songs some average...not as good as magnetic zeros work...but as a fan still hard not to like. Go for it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars CD 8 Jan 2014
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I bought this CD as a Christmas Present so not really able to comment but had no complaints so rated 5 stars. The CD arrived on time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 2 Aug 2013
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A must have for any Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes fan. A fantastic album, I can't stop listening to it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 19 Jun 2013
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A masterclass in both songwriting and execution. If you like good quality indie-folk music, then you really have to hear this
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful voice 18 Sep 2012
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I bought this after hearing just one song on the radio and was not dissappointed by my gamble. The album has a raw and experimental feel, with the songs varying in their level of finish and development, The stand out track is probably 'truth' although 'glimpses' is a heart wrenching ballad that deserves a mention. The overiding emotion after playing the album a few times is that Alexander believes in his music and this album is not a designed fashion statement like so many other recent releases. If your teetering on the edge of purchasing this, go straight ahead and click add to basket.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Truth 25 Aug 2012
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First heard of this band at the end credits of an episode of breaking bad(the song being Truth)and i loved it from the first listen,so much so that i immediately bought the album from amazon.On the first listen to the whole album every song is different in its own rite and this is not a bad thing even though i was hoping for something similar to if not as good as Truth.After a few listens its a grower though and you accept and appreciate every song for what it is indiviually and what it brings to the album.Other stand out tracks for me are Badlove(used as an intro to the baaaaaad remake of frightnight)and glimpses.Check it out and you may just love it.
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