September 2013 National Music Reviews

Reviews: Ezra Furman – Day of the Dog

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Ezra Furman
Day of the Dog
Bar/None Records
Street: 09.17
Ezra Furman = Buddy Holly + Blitzen Trapper + Buzzcocks

Old school pop and current folk with splashes of gritty vintage pop-punk make Ezra Furman’s newest solo release a nonpareil flashback/contemporary mash up. Spirited screaming vocals mash well with soulful and often political lyrics. Each song exhibits a classically stylistic melody or guitar lick sped up like a punk or modern alternative folk-rock song. Lyrics like “I wanna destroy something” (“I Wanna Destroy Myself”) or “Tell ‘em all to go to hell,” give the entire album a rebellious and youthful feel. Intermittent horn sections add extra sexiness or playfulness. This music is definitely palatable and enjoyable for music lovers of most any genre. –LeAundra Jeffs

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