Frank Turner was chosen to warm up the Olympic opening ceremony and a lot of people may have been saying who is this guy?
It was a surprise to me that he was chosen but after I thought about it for a while I realised it was a masterstroke and he was the perfect choice as he can perform just as brilliantly in front of a few people in a living room as he can in front of millions. With his lyrics so meaningful combined with his punk past he is in a quite rare genre of music which is folk-punk which is most likely the reason why not as many people will have heard of him. But, as he proved he is instantly likeable which inevitably leads to sing-along’s. Frank Turner is an outstanding individual but it is difficult to describe his sound at times, however he manages to draw in the crowds with his down to earth humour and joyful noise, add this to his clear passion for writing and performing music and you have someone that deserves a little more success than he has got in recent years.
‘Poetry of the Deed’ is the album I have chosen to look at to show off some of Frank Turner’s skills and it begins brilliantly with an upbeat piano sound and tongue in cheek lyrics in ‘Live Fast Die Old’ and then continues onto the brilliant song, ‘Try This At Home’ which has a punk ethic to it and can be described as quite frantic at times but the energy to it makes you want to repeat it over and over again. It is basically a song about following his lead and has some of the greatest and funniest lyrics in it, ‘No such as thing as rock starts they’re just people who play music and some are just like us and some of them are d**ks.’ This made me laugh because he isn’t taking himself too seriously and is taking a swipe at other artists who love themselves and more like tools that produce the same rubbish over and over again.
Turner has had some praise and some exposure in the past when the first single off the album ‘The Road’ was named hottest record in the world by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 when it was released. It is another first in the air song with an unforgettable chorus and this song in particular shows the charm to his voice which gives his music its personality.
‘Dan’s Song’ is another great song but the whole album seems to lack something and it is a fantastic place for new fans to start but if you are an older fan of Frank Turner then you will see a lot of songs that just aren’t quite up to his earlier standard and they seem to be missing something, in particular, ‘Sunday Nights’, ‘Richard Divine’ and ‘Isabel’. ‘Isabel’ is a strange song though because it has his usual good lyrics and is quite heartfelt but still doesn’t feel quite right.
‘Poetry of the Deed’ is a good album and I would recommend it to a lot of people but there are a lot of flaws to it and it isn’t quite as good as its predecessor ‘Love Ire & Song’ but if you are a big fan of the man then you should definitely get both.