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There's a ferocity that tears through the length of Mysterious Power, crackling in the soundwaves no matter on what tone or tempo the album rests. Ezra Furman takes the helm of the Harpoons quartet with a brazen command of pathos, belting unapologetically about heartbreak, loneliness and suicide. Whether he's blasting a frenetic monotone bark or settling into sweetly familiar melodies, Furman channels a savage energy into his ragged tenor. He nails a delivery that draws upon the theatricality of such frontmen as Pete Shelley and Dan Bejar, remaining unflappably likable throughout.

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Furman's schtick 'I m just a kid without a care in the world, all a-spin' as he so concisely puts it on closer 'Wild Feeling' will resonate with anyone of any age who faces the daunting task of making sense of the kaleidoscopic, conflicted reality of life on planet Earth. That breathless approach comes through loud and clear, not only in the hyperactive emoting that constitutes Furman s singing, but in the careening folk-punk of backing band the Harpoons. It s a wild, joyous ride, so hold on tight. --Andy Whitman of Paste

While Furman's idiosyncratic songwriting and perfectly off-kilter delivery is clearly the focal point, the Harpoons backing him up (Job Mukkada on bass, Adam Abrutyn on drums, and Andrew Langer on guitar) blend styles and genres, pummel and wilt, soar and fold, in turn, all to complete the powerful vision of the vocalist/songwriter. Mysterious Power, then, takes all of that and doubles the effect, the Harpoons furthering their prowess and demanding their share of attention, while Furman unfolds more lyrical genius. --Adam Kivel of Consequence of Sound

'Mysterious Power' is revelatory -- a joyous racket, a splintered confessional, an anxious thrill ride with the top down next to a fidgety poet who's crazy in love. --Thomas Conner of the Chicago Sun Times

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 5, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red Parlor Records
  • ASIN: B004OKFIV8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mysterious Power is the sound of a songwriter and a band blossoming simultaneously. It is their best work yet, featuring a sound honed by extensive touring in the U.S. and elsewhere, a songwriting voice fresh with confidence and the knowledge that there is a legion of devoted fans listening. The soul of a man and his band is unrelentingly bared here through Furman’s best songs yet and ... Read more in Amazon's Ezra Furman & the Harpoons Store

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leran on April 5, 2011
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I've known Ezra for awhile and been a huge fan of his music. Once again he bears his soul in the form of poetry in his songs. This is the first album with the Harpoons that I don't recognize any of the songs from his earlier solo stuff and it is thrilling to get acquainted with all these news sounds. If you like folk, punk, good lyrics or just genuine heartfelt expression... listen to this!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Max on April 5, 2011
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I have waited a long time for a good new release and this seems to be it. The songs seem to cover a lot of genres and I can't seem to stop listening to it. I definitly think "Hard Time in a Terrible Land" is my favorite song but "Mysterious Power" is really cool and is great on a sunny drive!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Bernardin on May 13, 2011
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Hands down the best record in years and one of the best in 2k11 !!

This record is just perfect. It's been on repeat everywhere I go.
The songs are perfectly crafted, the performance is just spot on.
You can feel the energy and angst through these songs.

They are fun. They are sentimental. They are ROCK!!
There is some really deep stuff going on in Ezra's lyrics and in his tone of voice.
I haven't been into an artist this much since I first heard Nirvana's 'In Utero'.

Seriously, this record and this band is quality.
I saw them at Satellite in LA and they completely blew me away. Fantastic set and performance.
And they had a crowd !! And they were rocking out !!
Ezra even pulled out "I Dreamed Of Moses" which apparently rarely makes a live appearance.

This is my favorite record of theirs but "Bangin' Down The Doors" is also a worthwhile one to check out!

Favorite tracks: Wild Rosemarie, I Killed Myself But I Didn't Die, Mysterious Power, Bloodsucking Whore, Don't Turn Your Back On Love, Portrait Of Maude, and Wild Feeling.

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