Managing the neat trick of sounding simultaneously worldly wise and impossibly naive, Ezra Furman gives Jonathan Richman a run for the money as the king of quirk. Instead of "She Cracked", Mysterious Power sounds more like "I Cracked". Come for the cloistered optimism of "Mysterious Power" and "Fall in Love With my World" but stay for the off-the-rails punkitude desperation of "Teenage Wasteland" and "I Killed Myself but I Didn't Die".
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons - "Mysterious Power" (from Mysterious Power)
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons - "Teenage Wasteland" (from Mysterious Power)