Transangelic Exodus
Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2018 Ratings: #2 / 71
User Score
Based on 120 ratings
2018 Ratings: #3
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME
All round, a heavenly journey.
96
GIGsoup

Transagelic Exodus is such an accomplished album it makes you wonder if Ezra Furman hasn’t fallen to the earth from a higher plain.

90
The Line of Best Fit
Resilience and strength in the face of mounting societal odds have always been a theme of Furman’s records, but here they are explored with closer focus and greater narrative depth than ever before.
90
No Ripcord

With Furman already establishing a consistent sound over his previous records, it was perhaps expected of him to cover some well-worn ground again here. Instead, and appropriately, Transangelic Exodus is an album that constantly takes left turns and refuses to slow. It turns out that with the right driver, there are plenty of miles left on the old road yet.

90
God Is in the TV
Quite frankly, I’ll be mightily surprised if anyone releases a better album this year. It’s just wonderful.
90
musicOMH
Everything about this album shows Furman pushing forward and fighting for change, musically, socially and politically. He’s taken a musical colouring book and just gone wild, experimenting, colouring outside the lines. The shapes are there, recognisable, comforting, but the finished picture is uniquely Ezra Furman.
90
AllMusic

Transangelic Exodus is a scrappy yet poignant rock & roll narrative of inner conflict and acceptance; its songs are a confessional and confrontational commentary on a historic period when so much is possible, even as fear, hate, and paranoia still hold the reins of power. Its energy, vulnerability, rage, and crafty poetics are awe-inspiring.

90
Drowned in Sound
On his ambitious and awe-inspiring fifth album, Ezra Furman gets political, metaphorical and conceptual. And it’s quite brilliant.
80
Clash
This is really an album about empathy, and feels incredibly necessary today.
80
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.

80
The Independent
Equal parts Jean Genet and Hellboy, it’s a magnificent oddity, exultant in its uniqueness, both personally and musically.
80
Northern Transmissions
With a righteous rasp, Furman guides the album with the certainty and hysteria as a preacher.
80
The Observer
Furman’s songwriting is invigorated by a headlong rush of narrative, exploring episodic shifts of tone along the way.
80
The 405

Transangelic Exodus’ status as an allegorical protest record that speaks for those ostracised by society - be they immigrants, refugees, the closeted, the out, the homelessness, vulnerable or searching - cements it as one of the most important albums to have been released thus far this year.

74
Pitchfork

His fourth solo album, Transangelic Exodus, is his most thematically cohesive work to date: a loose narrative about supernatural queer lovers on the run from the law. The misfit feelings surging through his back catalog crystallize here into detailed imagery, giving the album a lurid, cinematic sheen.

50
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.
Feb 14, 2018
tinymusiccritic
82
Movement has always been key to Ezra Furman, both as an artist and a person. Hell, he’s a busy touring musician and his previous album was called Perpetual Motion People, so, in retrospect, it feels like it was only a matter of time before Furman and his band, rechristened as The Visions for this record, put out a road trip concept album. That it would be about “transangels” having to go on the run to evade shadowy government agents was, perhaps, less predictable in the ... read more
Feb 9, 2018
MySoftBulletin
86
a very strange conceptual experience, telling the story of a homosexual couple on the run after one has an operation to turn into an angel. Each track is enjoyable in its own merit, allowing you to find enjoyment in each moment without taking away from the overall story. I have never really been a fan of his previous work but I can see myself returning to this throughout the year.
Feb 11, 2018
BradTasteMusic
48
It feels experimental for the sake of being experimental. Rarely do I find myself enjoying the “music.” If your music isn’t engaging then it is tough to enjoy the story. The concept is sweet and it was interesting at first but it just totally became a boring melodramatic experience as it dragged on. It has the same issue as something like “Pure Comedy” where the music comes second to the story. The story is not that engaging and either is the overly experimental ... read more
Feb 10, 2018
zeyadreda
78
very decent record with decent stand out tracks, amazing fusion in the instruments, very good vocal performance, consistent and well written. Really unique release from Ezra, and i think he reached a new level.
i loved: Love You So Bad(got one of his best vocal performance of the record, and lovely lyrics), Come Here Get Away From Me(most accessible and stuck with the head), I Lost My Innocence(the 90s,80s,70s,60s fused in this track such a beautiful one), No Place(the horns here is pretty ... read more
Feb 10, 2018
jordymusic
84
Ezra Furman really bares all on Transangelic Exodus, the lyricism is intense and pretty picturesque, the record pours out this painful emotion which burns slowly from start to finish, it's paced perfectly

The instrumental structures and tone here remind me of a lot of Nick Cave's work mixed with some of the energy of Arcade Fire, everything in Transangelic Exodus exists for a good reason and this makes the record one of the most engaging and interesting projects of the year so far
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Track List
  1. Suck the Blood From My Wound
  2. Driving Down to L.A
  3. God Lifts Up the Lowly
  4. No Place
  5. The Great Unknown
  6. Compulsive Liar
  7. Maraschino-Red Dress $8.99 at Goodwill
  8. From a Beach House
  9. Love You So Bad
  10. Come Here Get Away From Me
  11. Peel My Orange Every Morning
  12. Psalm 151
  13. I Lost My Innocence


Added on: October 23, 2017