While PersonA maybe better then the last few records by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, it's still just a half measure of what the band is capable of.
When Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes first came out with their hit single 'Home', everyone was fascinated with the group and the apparent love connection between Alex Ebert and Jade, the two front people of the band. But Jade's departure left a sour note in the group's music, and it's even more obvious on the new record. Elbert himself seems as if he's gone into the norm that fits his kind of music.
Despite this, there's still talent in the group. PersonA isn't a completely horrible record, but it's not that good or great either. Elbert manages to keep is vocals just above the point where it's another shrug off album for the band, and fans will be impressed with the new musical sounds that the group makes throughout the record.
Even though Elbert's voice sounds like a stoner on the new record, there are some catchier tunes like 'Somewhere' that help reassure fans that the Magnetic Zeroes still have their original sounds.
However, it's with PersonA that the band is reaching out again with new styles of music, but this time, it just doesn't fit well. The band is trying hard, but not hard enough.
Of course, every group wants to change, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes are a young group that still have a bright future in front of them.
New single from the new record: