Ezra Furman - Twelve Nudes
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2019 Ratings: #126 / 625
User Score
Based on 166 ratings
2019 Ratings: #311
August 30, 2019 / Release Date
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Bella Union / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Northern Transmissions

Twelve Nudes is an exceptional album by an exceptional artist.

85
Under The Radar

Twelve Nudes is a protest album ... it's also a fantastic, filthy, punk rock record that offers to cement Furman's growing reputation as one of the best and, coincidentally, most important artists working today.

83
Consequence of Sound

Twelve Nudes makes all the moves some of us have wanted from Furman: faster, brisker music, clearer politics, bigger riffs, and impossible-to-ignore shouting.

80
Uncut

In unleashing an indictment of the ills afflicting society, Furman not only creates a stunning protest record, he also stands as an example for action, channeling his power as a white male musician, with at least a modicum of visibility, to illuminate systemic abuse and the lives it plagues.

80
Loud and Quiet

Furman’s first punk album is a furious stroll through rock’n’roll’s park. It sounds like a collection of confident first drafts.

80
Exclaim!

Twelve Nudes is a feverish expression of pain but also exposes longing, and in that sense provides a sense of hope.

80
AllMusic

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

80
The Guardian

The absence of saxophonist Tim Sandusky means there is no softness to the corners, just jagged edges – but the melodies are still indelible, the hooks still exhilarating. It’s the sound of someone exploding.

75
Paste

Twelve Nudes is loud, sometimes sarcastic, often pointed and invariably entertaining. The album is the work of an artist with a keen sense of his own capabilities, and it’s a fitting soundtrack to a world in turmoil.

60
The Observer

At 11 songs 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?

60
The Skinny

Trading in the more experimental tendencies of Transangelic Exodus for fuzzed guitars with shrill solos and breakneck basslines, this stripping-back has mixed effects.

60
DIY

There are songs here that will stand with some of Ezra Furman’s best work but sometimes its rapid-fire pace makes you wish for that little bit more space.

MasterCrackfox
75
A fun and quick blast of garage rock, punk, blues and just straight up rock n' roll. I have only heard Ezra's last record up to this point, but this feels like a very different territory for the artist that swims in the vibe that Ty Segall usually holds dominion over these days. That change is one that fits Furman well in which his distinctive voice takes some real charge. It's different, it's fun, and it's energetic. What's left to say other than what can you do but rock n roll?

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Plats
82
That's six nudes ya dumbo.

"Twelve Nudes" is a very fun and energetic rock record complete with great songwriting from Ezra Furman and simple but adrenaline-pumping instrumentation. I just wish it was a touch longer.

Fav Tracks: Evening Prayer aka Justice, Rated R Crusaders, Thermometer, Transition From Nowhere to Nowhere, Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone, What Can You Do But Rock 'n' Roll, I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend

Least Fav Track: Blown

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notanalt
75
Mister Furman and His Magical Babes
Yaysuz
78
Ezra Furman's newest album feels like an absolute hot mess, like he is slowly going insane inside a guitar amp. And that he is also transsexual.

Despite the above remarks, this album is still pretty fucking good though. It definitely feels like embodiment of the chaotic neutral alignment. Ezra dabbles in a variety of different styles, including a 6/8 groove, (art) punk, and screaming into the microphone. Pretty good. There are many tracks that slap on here, and some that slightly don't. For ... read more
dumbmoonlight
55
I knew this was gonna be a trip when I opened the first "Topic" video for this album and it already popped up a lady giving birth to Satan. If the vocals weren't so loud and exaggerated, this alum would have been a 75/100 for sure. I just don't feel comfortable with these throat-ripping screams in music, you know.
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Track List

  1. Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone
  2. Evening Prayer aka Justice
  3. Transition From Nowhere to Nowhere
  4. Rated R Crusaders
  5. Trauma
  6. Thermometer
  7. I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend
  8. Blown
  9. My Teeth Hurt
  10. In America
  11. What Can You Do But Rock 'n' Roll
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