‘Day Of The Dog’ was the LP which set Ezra Furman en route to becoming the indie-rock star she is today. It’s the one with ‘My Zero’ on it, a track in which Furman’s wracked bark and lusty guitar strumming combine to create a new anthem for heartbroken youth in the era when they could no longer rely on Morrissey for such comforts. The rest of the album invokes several other classics of outsider-rock - Lou Reed’s ‘Transformer’, The Black Lips’ ‘Good Bad Not Evil’, Pretenders’ eponymous debut LP - to deliver the sort of album which is as much a salve for the listener as you sense it was for Furman herself.
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6/10 Penrith Steve 29th October 2014
After hearing “My Zero”, the catchy indie-pop nugget, I really didn’t expect “Day Of The Dog” to sound the way it did. Although it’s his fifth album, I was previously unaware of Ezra Furman. This album is basically a rock ‘n’ roll album, and I mean proper milkshakes-at-the-diner 50s rock ‘n’ roll, saxophones n’all. “I Wanna Destroy Myself” begins with dramatic Shangri-La’s style drums before ripping into punky rock ‘n’ roll.
There are elements of bands like The Sonics and The Cramps here, but they are few and far between an it’s not speaker rippingly noisy, or sleazy enough. “Walking Into Darkness” is in danger of sounding too much like the Benny Hill theme. The songs are catchy and will stay in your head but I feel that the sax ruins it, too much sax!
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