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.
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