Manages to pastiche ’60s soul-funk, gunfight mariachi and preacherman gospel – often to painfully corny effect
ESATMZ are a multi-headed collective in outlandish costumes who recreate ’70s hippydom. But on this melodically inventive third album, Edward Sharpe – the Messianic alter ego of frontman Alex Ebert – also manages to pastiche ’60s soul-funk, gunfight mariachi and preacherman gospel – often to painfully corny effect. When ‘If I Were Free’ mashes up Mick Hucknall, Pink Floyd solos, Waterboys folk and comedy ‘Yellow Submarine’ twizzles, it negates any psych-pop fun to be had elsewhere. Mawkish and messy.
Record label: Gentlemen Of The Road