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Hold Fast

A Magnetic Zero wrestles with faith and doubt, with help from Marcus Mumford

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On his first solo outing, Christian Letts — the guitarist for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros — dials down his main band’s cheery campfire sing-alongs and opts for something much more contemplative. With production and guest vocals from Marcus Mumford, Hold Fast is a self-assured, largely acoustic exploration of faith and sin. Letts spends most of the LP either wrestling with looming inner demons or basking in love and sunshine; there’s little in between, sometimes frustratingly so. It’s not until the album-closing hymn “Matches” that Letts finds a way to reconcile his two extremes: “Looked at death and traded this life for love,” he sings, finally at peace with the darkness around him.

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