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Twelve Nudes

Ezra Furman

Twelve Nudes

Fifth solo album from the Chicago indie rock musician and singer-songwriter

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  1. 9.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Twelve Nudes is an exceptional album by an exceptional artist. It’s a protest record for this generation
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  2. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Ezra Furman has made a record at least the equal of anything that came before, and with his superb back catalogue, that is quite something. A short, sharp and above all, tuneful document of the state of the nation(s), Ezra-style, 2019

  3. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Furman's a fucking genius, this record just proves it again. Don't wait until this year's best of the year lists to find out
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  4. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A chaotic nuclear submarine of guitar that demands our attention even in its messiness
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Twelve Nudes' unbridled howl, mania and joy is on the nose. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Borrows the best qualities of its forebears, and fuses them into something new. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Q

    A deliriously fun, seriously thought-provoking record that manages to gratify on every level. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Furman’s first punk album is a furious stroll through rock’n’roll’s park
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  9. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    Whilst Ezra shows seldom concern for the gender pronouns people use for him; his genuine desire “to be a force that tries to revive the human spirit rather than crush it” is passionate, unwavering, unquestionable and consistently demonstrated throughout Twelve Nudes
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  10. 8.0 |   NME

    An invigorating call-to-arms, the provocative Chicago punk's new record is a quick-and-dirty about-turn from last year's epic 'Transangelic Exodus'
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  11. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Baring his soul with raw punk power
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  12. 8.0 |   The Independent

    His most urgent and cathartic album to date
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  13. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Furman continues to renege on his retirement with a gloriously angry punk album that takes aim at his broken homeland
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  14. 8.0 |   All Music

    Even at its most subdued, the relentless and invigorating Twelve Nudes crackles and pops like an alkali metal hitting water
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  15. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A feverish expression of pain but also exposes longing, and in that sense provides a sense of hope
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  16. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This isn’t Furman’s best album, but it might be his most heartfelt, his most intense, his most candid – and that’s more than enough for now
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  17. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It’s a soundtrack for uncertain times, when the only options are to indeed just scream, or as the penultimate track on Twelve Nudes puts it: What Can You Do But Rock N Roll? If we’re going into the abyss, let’s go down screaming
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  18. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    On Twelve Nudes, Ezra Furman demonstrates how an explosion of negative feelings can create an enjoyable sensation
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  19. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    The work of an artist with a keen sense of his own capabilities, and it’s a fitting soundtrack to a world in turmoil
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  20. 7.1 |   Pitchfork

    The songwriter’s most direct and brash album yet has no time for saxophones or keyboards. She gives specific, unpoetic examples and doesn’t mince words
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  21. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Coming in at 26 minutes, Twelve Nudes doesn’t hang around and, by design, is a much more modest record than Transangelic Exodus. It rarely matches the highs on last year’s effort, but paired together, it suggests Furman is the midst of a prolific period
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  22. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    It’s an unorthodox palate cleanser, but it’s probably the best one possible for Furman; after this, there’s no telling what we’re going to get from him next
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  23. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Furman's acknowledgment of the influence of the poet Anne Carson is more interesting than the punk angle
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  24. 6.0 |   The Observer

    At 11 songs (yes, the title is a trick) and just over 25 minutes, it all makes for a short, sharp, exhilarating blast, closing with the question we’re all asking as things fall apart: What Can You Do But Rock’n’Roll?
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  25. 6.0 |   The Music

    Crude and to the point, it’s Furman again at his most flamboyant and expressive self
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  26. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Ezra Furman’s back to basics record is equal parts funny and seething, but ultimately it's his most repetitive work
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  27. 6.0 |   DIY

    Sometimes its rapid-fire pace makes you wish for that little bit more space
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