Following on from the critical success of his Day Of The Dog album, Ezra Furman’s The Year of No Returning gets a timely reissue. Currently based in Chicago, Ezra Furman’s music fuses the classic sounds of Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones and The New York Dolls to make a rock ‘n’ roll sound all of his own.
The Year of No Returning is available on CD.
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8/10 The Doc Customer review, 23rd May 2016
For those puzzled by the histrionic excesses of Perpetual Motion People, this reissue of his first 'solo' album and fourth altogether (backed for the first time here by the Boyfriends) is a timely reminder that at heart Ezra Furman is a very, very good songwriter with a firm grounding in the classics. There's a rather obvious love of Tom Waits on display here - especially the lisped, rasping vocals of Bad Man - while the harmonica intro to Cruel Cruel World instantly conjures up Springsteen, before turning into a three-minute Tom Petty-style jangle.
Don't let the 70s references put you off though - he's got a distinctive voice when he sings in his natural vocal style, and his lyrics have an offbeat quality all of their own ("I'm a Jew through an through/and I'm about to write you a Bible" from American Soil, for example, or "My heart is a motor/it will search the whole world over/a search engine/see what I mean?" from closing track and album highlight Queen Of Hearts. It's not his best work by any stretch - the snarling, nihilistic rock n roll of Day Of the Dog wins that one hands-down - but it's a solid set with plenty of great melodies that'll stick in your brain for days.
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