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on 2 March 2009
Furr is a loving waltz through period Americana with Bob Dylan's shadow cast long across the proceedings. The album starts in light pyschedelia, true RnB and organ rhythms, `Sleepytime in the Western World' immediately recalls Manfred Mann's cover of Dylan's own "Quinn The Eskimo". Title track `Furr' is an exemplary drawl through Dylan's laboured vocal strainings and anecdotal, rhyme-heavy folk. It is a tour de force in simple done well.

The charm Blitzen Trapper evoke early in the album shines resplendently at all corner's of `Furr', showcasing toe-tapping, bluesy rhythms, and harmonica-flecked alt.country. This sunny homage to 60s and 70s Americana recalls fellow partisans Wilco and Ben Kweller, though the sound is always truer to the originals. Neil Young is constantly brought to mind, despite newer sounding number that gently alt.rock their harmonies through the speakers as heard on `Gold For Bread' for example, which also hints at Fleetwood Mac's most bluesy output.

`Fire & Fast Bullets' returns to pyschedlia-tinged garage-rock, `Black River Killer' is pensive plucking of the highest order; `Love U' is awash with pleasing harmonies and `Stolen Shoes & A Rifle' is country, lonesome trail kind of stuff, again hinting at Fleetwood Mac, and Midlake for modern comparison.

Blitzen Trapper have achieved the often difficult, producing an eclectic album that is at the same time cohesive. That glue is a love of Americana and its (bluegrass) roots. All that is missing is a fiddled, hoedown finale and for that we cannot really complain, as there is as much art it knowing when to hold off, as there is in knowing when to hit the (effects) pedal to the metal.
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