Year of the Album — #016
Alexander – “Alexander” (2011, Community Music)
For Alex Ebert, frontman for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and power-pop act Ima Robot, it’s clear there may never be enough alter-egos to fully encompass all the styles of music he’d like to be able to produce. Now, having gone solo as simply “Alexander,” Ebert still isn’t content sticking with one style through a full song cycle, and the eclecticism he’s so often praised for has become far more schizophrenic. In the case of this release, that’s far from a good thing.
The best thing I can say about Alexander is that a few of these songs suggest he’s got a magnificent Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros album waiting just backstage. But as a solo album it fails to deliver. Those who hear “Truth” and buy the album expecting Ebert to explore that sound more fully on the rest of the album are going to feel tricked. And Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros fans are simply going to wonder why the band’s members are treading water on solo albums when we’re all just waiting for more of that band’s unique magnetism.
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