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Transangelic Exodus

Ezra Furman

Transangelic Exodus

Fourth album from the Chicago indie rock musician and singer-songwriter

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  1. 10.0 |   Record Collector

    Exodus sets out for fresh horizons with a full tank of passion, purpose, political rage, raucous invention and rock’n’roll fire
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  2. 9.6 |   Gig Soup

    The narrator has escaped the shackles and is heading into blissed out freedom; Transangelic Exodus certainly makes you feel that way, a decadent delight
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  3. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    On his ambitious and awe-inspiring fifth album, Ezra Furman gets political, metaphorical and conceptual. And it’s quite brilliant
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  4. 9.0 |   All Music

    A scrappy yet poignant rock & roll narrative of inner conflict and acceptance
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  5. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An epic drama over 13 tracks that sees Furman, his band, and his lover disconnecting their phones, crossing state lines and trying to survive in a recognisably dystopian America
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  6. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Quite frankly, I’ll be mightily surprised if anyone releases a better album this year. It’s just wonderful
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  7. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    An album that constantly takes left turns and refuses to slow
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  8. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    A beautiful, dark, twisted, painful and yet hopeful tale
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    This is really an album about empathy, and feels incredibly necessary today
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  10. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Vibrates with fear, rage and fierce defiance. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Q

    It has a swagger one might associate with acts far bigger than those in the cult hero waters Furman swims in. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Already an early contender for one of the albums of the year Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s a wild ride that chimes perfectly with troubled times and cements Furman’s status as a modern pop auteur of some repute
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  14. 8.0 |   The Independent

    There’s always been an element of Springsteen street opera to Ezra Furman’s work, and on Transangelic Exodus he takes it to another level entirely
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  15. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A themed collection of serious subject matter phrased in music styles that are part brittle, part audacious, and never less than forceful
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  16. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Furman’s songwriting is invigorated by a headlong rush of narrative, exploring episodic shifts of tone along the way
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  17. 8.0 |   The 405

    We can only hope that compassionate works of art like Transangelic Exodus can somehow help to change perceptions and reverse the tide of bigotry and small-mindedness that’s sweeping the US and other so-called democracies around the world
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  18. 8.0 |   Punk News

    Easily his most ambitious album but, for him, feels like a natural progression, seeing him find new ways to open up
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  19. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    His most thematically cohesive work to date
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  20. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    Ezra Furman steps into new territory, wobbles a bit, gets back on track
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  21. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A shaken-and-stirred take on pre-‘Born in the USA’ Bruce Springsteen
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  22. 5.0 |   Under The Radar

    Furman's outright ramshackle approach has lost its charm as his songs have become messy and overbearing. These songs are fun but confusing. They lack the allure of the straight-talking, catchy riffs which made his name
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