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Banging Down the Doors

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This Chicago group wields their fractured-folk-meets-maniacal-rock to capture the grandeur, pain, and wildness of life in song. The results are by turns beautiful, funny, angry, and often poignant and inspirational. Produced by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine).

1. Mother's Day
2. How Long, Diana?
3. I Wanna Be A Sheep
4. I Wanna Be Ignored
5. American Highway
6. God Is A Middle-Aged Woman
7. Hotel Room In Casablanca
8. Halloween Snow
9. Little Red-Haired Girl, The
10. My Soul Has Escaped From My Body
11. She's All I Got Left
12. I Dreamed Of Moses
13. Lydia Sherman

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 7, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Minty Fresh
  • ASIN: B000SINSXK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henry J. Goldblum on August 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you scour the blogs (and sadly, I do), a lot has been said about Ezra invoking Dylan or some amalgam of David Byrnes, Daniel Johnston, Violent Femmes and blahdy blah blah blah. And no doubt, he compares (and compares favorably, no less), but the moment you put aside his engaging voice and composition and start focusing on the lyrics, you'll cease to care. Why? Because this music is straight-up poetry, rip-opened raw and beautiful. And you can dance to it to boot! My favorites are "My Soul Has Escaped From My Body," "Hotel Room to Casablanca," and "Lydia Sherman." This has overtaken Animal Collective's Strawberry Jam as my favorite album of '07.
PS: My friend caught them at The Fire in Philadelphia, and word is out they put on a killer live show. Apparently Ezra is all awkward and endearing and their drummer is, and I quote, "Puerto Rico's best export since sugar cane."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Garfinkel on November 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The lyrics in these songs will change what you expect out of your music. Music should say something, and these songs all do. I can listen to "I Dreamed of Moses" and "Halloween Snow" for hours at a time and find new meaning every time through. Just incredible.
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By Allison M. Kelley on November 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I saw these guys open up for Ida Maria in Columbus OH this summer and I havent been the same since. Its like see color for the first time after only seeing grays! Before that night I had never heard of them. I love 'Holloween Snow' and 'Sunglasses' of course!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Flips on September 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Every few years or so, an artist is hailed as the next Bob Dylan and 99 times out of 100 it's a preposterous and completely unjust comparison. That said, the confessional commentary and whimsical stream of conscious narratives that Ezra Furman spews forth on Banging Down the Doors could have been taken straight out of a textbook of Dylanology 101. But the key factor that makes Furman stand out from many of the other Zimmerman wannabes and upcoming indie folk revivalists is a unique personality and a childlike innocence that shine through and make him easily relatable. It's similar to the "pal factor" that Jonathan Richman had fronting the Modern Lovers and that Gordon Gano had in the Violent Femmes. Furman connects to his audience intimately, like a friend who is casually baring his soul, and delivers literal references and abstract theories without a hint of pretension.
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