Album Review: Ezra Furman, “Day of the Dog”

Written by Album Reviews, Music


Does Ezra Furman ever get tired?  No sooner than The Year Of No Returning appears, he (along with the fine folks at Bar None) delivers Day Of The Dog, an even stronger collection of 13 polished pop-oriented gems.

Kicking off with the intensity of “I Wanna Destroy Myself”, you’re in for a ride – therapy-pop.  Fuzzy guitars, screeching vocals but completely tuneful.  “Tell ‘Em All To Go To Hell” spoofs that early ’60’s vibe with a Comets-like beat and sax; “My Zero” is an acoustic-based standout.  “And Maybe God Is A Train” has a White Stripes-type quality, but with bass, it’s far more fleshed out; “At The Bottom Of The Ocean” is the other highpoint, built around the “Hand Jive” beat but with with neat little fills on the verses.

The tireless Furman delivers another solid effort; hats off to this prolific artist.