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Review: Frank Turner – Love, Ire And Song

Love Ire & Song

Release Date: March 31, 2008 (UK)
Label: Xtra Mile
Rating: *****

I have a certain fondness for Mr. Turner. He comes across as an artist who’s passionate about his beliefs, his friends, and having a good time. And while he has offered up songs with some political protest edge to them in his previous release, he’s doesn’t come across as a protest singer. Above all, he seems like a down to earth guy who struggles with the same things we all struggle with, and isn’t afraid to be honest about that in his music.

His debut album, Sleep Is For The Week was one of my top 20 records of 2007, and to my great excitement Love, Ire & Song is even better in almost every way. While Sleep Is For The Week was a wonderful collection of songs, it was just that, a collection of songs that didn’t always hold together as a whole cohesive unit. That’s not the case with Love, Ire & Song which is a whole cohesive album filled with music that feels it belongs together. The new album is fuller in sound and lyrics. He’s added fuller instrumentation, strings, piano, organ, and more, and has used them in a deliberate way. It works.

Love, Ire & Song is more diverse than his debut album, with tracks ranging from the beautiful piano ballad ‘Jet Lag’, to the sing-along ‘Photosynthesis’ and the rocker ‘Imperfect Tense’. The opener, ‘I Knew Prufrock Before he Got Famous’ gets the album off to an upbeat start, and contains one of my favorite lyrics, one which sums up the album“ife is about love, last minutes and lost evenings, about fire in our bellies and about furtive little feelings”. The highlight on this album is ‘Long Live The Queen’ which tells the story of losing a close friend. It’s upbeat and defiant and filled with the fighting spirit of Turner’s friend Lex, who the album is dedicated to. This upbeat song is moving and personal without being depressing, and is Turner’s finest moment. It is truly a stunner.

The album is intelligent, moving, and fun. It’s destined to stay in my top 10 for the year. Turner is currently touring UK and I have hopes we’ll get him over here in the states in the near future. He finished a short tour in California recently but I have hopes we’ll get a more geographically diverse US tour sometime soon so everybody can have a chance to experience Frank Turner, live and in color. Unfortunately, for those in the USA, this record is not yet available. You can, however, buy a digital download from Banquet Records for a reasonable price.

Frank Turner official site
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  1. Just bought the download. This guys is fantastic. Thanks for the recommendation. More please.

    Posted by JohnnyRocket | June 3, 2008, 12:38 pm