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  • Audio CD (28 Feb. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • ASIN: B004JIQRRE
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Awake My Body 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Truth 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. In The Twilight 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Bad Bad Love 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Old Friend 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. A Million Years 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Remember Our Heart 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Glimpses 5:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trebor on 22 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those albums that grabs your attention straight away and grows on you with every listen. It quickly became one of my top albums of the year. I hadn't come across Alexander until it was played over the ending credits in the TV series Breaking Bad (I can highly recommend this as well).

The musical style is hard to pin down. I guess 'alternative' will have to do. Another reviewer suggested that his voice is similar to Richard Hawley; that's a good observation but it only really true in the song 'Old Friend'. My immediate thoughts were that Alexander are more like the musical style of Devendra Banhart...but better in lots of ways.

Anyway, I've thoroughly enjoyed listening to this album. 'Awake My Body' and 'Truth' are my stand out tracks. One of my top albums of 2011.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Snaggletooth on 4 Nov. 2011
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Now heres something Im finding hard to describe. Its like I know who it sounds like but the references are so subtle its hard to put my finger on it. A tiny bit of Richard Hawley? (but much more upbeat) and hints of some long lost 1950s shoegazer sounds (as on Remember Our Heart) I really dunno. A few tracks are gawdamn goosebump raisingly excellent. Bad Bad Love, and A Million Years to name just two. I loved the album from first play, but after a few more it grows like a wart you cant get rid of. Anyway, check out the samples Amazon have given. Probably doesnt do it justice though.
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This is certainly among the best he's done so far but maybe not quite as consistent as "Up From Below". My favourite songs are the first three - "Let's Win", "Awake My Body", "Truth" and "A Million Years". He writes beautiful tunes and these arrangements are superb (he plays and sings all the parts, remember).

New to Alex Ebert? Play "Truth" a few times. It's just wonderful. Then get the rest of this album and "Up From Below" (as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros).

I'm not into his movie soundtracks really; I wish more than anything that he'd make albums like this again.

Edit - there's something wrong with Amazon's date for this review, should be December 2014
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By Mr. C. O'donnell on 25 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
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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By Nightwatchman on 18 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By happybunny on 22 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Quirky, quaint; funny, feelgood; get dancing, get happy; let it grow on you and you'll want to play it all the time.
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By Brockster on 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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By Shelley Kim on 17 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic album,I bought on the strength of hearing 1 song,and was not disappointed.He has an incredible voice,and track 3 The Truth is absolutely amazing,both lyrically,vocally and musically.One of my favourite albums of the year.
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