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ezra furman

the year of no returning

bar none


Released: 17th Mar 2014


comparisons to dylan have followed the songwriter from the beginning, & here, with simple, folky arrangements, furman's poignant lyrics are more prominent than ever.

besides the fact that the music is softer & more focused on this outing, the most notable change is in furman's demeanor, which has moved from childlike spunk to desperation. songs like ‘cruel cruel world,’ ‘are you gonna break my heart?,’ ‘doomed love affair,’ & ‘down’ are as downtrodden as they sound. when the subject matter moves from introspection outward, to focus on his surroundings, the results are even more fear-filled, as furman dissects american society's big business attitudes & inherent lack of spirituality. often embarking with a lyrical wisdom beyond his years, this record packs a hell of an emotional punch.

the year of no returning


  1. Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
  2. American Soil
  3. Lay in the Sun
  4. Sinking Slow
  5. That’s When it Hit Me
  6. Down
  7. Cruel Cruel World
  8. Are You Gonna Break My Heart?
  9. Bad Man
  10. The Queen of Hearts
  11. 40 Days In Memphis
  12. Doomed Love Affair