month we are honored to
Critelli as our
After accolades and
honors and a 38-band tribute CD
one would understand if The Furors chose
to relax with their Living
Legend status. But that wouldn't be characteristic of this prolific
pair. Instead, they've
chosen to record their finest disc to date.
FURORS gives New
and the rest of the
known world eight more gender-bending, category-defying reasons to fall
in love with this
Make Me Kiss You," the
opening track, begins with Tom Dans'
jangling tambourine and Derrick
Holcomb's fuzz-toned guitar. The guys are having fun
here, and they clearly
communicate the feeling to the listener in the vocal harmonies. There
is an urgency in
their voices, and Tom's harmony seems more in the foreground than on
Harmonies also play an important role on "Again."
is just flat enough to create an uncomfortable feeling. He keeps the
listener slightly off
balance until Derrick can knock you over with distortion in an
song. It's oxymoronic: sweet yet dirty... like the smell you used to
take home with you
after a pre-smoking ban night at cafe nine or your local watering hole.
gets even dirtier when Derrick growls "I have more than one
lovely "ooh-ooh-ooh" backing vocals and the "shhh"
ending provide a nice contrast to the ominous lead vocal and mysterious
Into My Eyes" and "Your
Daddy" explore two very different (though
equally pleasing) styles of
country music, while "Love For Me"
gives the listener
a full taste of acoustic furor. This is the only song not recorded in
the basement of the Furor
Mansion, and it provides the
best vocal performances on the disc. Ron Sutfin
captures the nylon stringed acoustic guitar and the smart percussion
sounds perfectly; the
song is short and sweet and represents all the best qualities of the
The disc ends like
it begins: upbeat and fun. "I
Saw You Walking" is
my pick of the disc, and I'm looking forward to hearing this song live.
Furors and ThinManMusic have good reason to
celebrate the Release of ECCE
FURORS. The Furors
continue to be a treasure to New Haven
musicians, writers and fans, and this disc is sure to please.
Thank You Derrick and Tom!
Gentlemen...BEHOLD THE FURORS!
September 1, 2004
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