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Most people love singer-songwriters and most people love Englishmen, so it is no surprise that most people love Frank Turner. The British singer-songwriter has steadily made a name for himself with his nothing-but-charming style of acoustic folk-punk.
Turner’s songwriting ability, punk attitude and all-around likability slowly earned him the success that he’s definitely earned. From headlining arena shows in London to a spot performing before the opening ceremony of the Olympics in 2012, Turner has released solid album after solid album, only improving his celebrated brand of no-bullshit songwriting.
So most people (at least those familiar with his music) love Frank Turner, and most people will love his new album, Tape Deck Heart.
Tape Deck Heart is, as most fans might suspect, an album chronicling Turner’s head-on collision with heartbreak. Turner has never been one to dedicate a whole album to such a blasé topic, and some might be led to think that there really is not anything new to be said about the topic, but it is hard to deny Turner’s slick lyricism. Whether it is rediscovering yourself from it (“Recovery), reflecting on it (“The Way I Tend To Be”), or just getting downright pissed about it, (“Tell Tale Signs”) Turner paints a thorough, relatable picture of what it is like to have loved and lost.
Lyrically, Turner shines on nearly every track on Tape Deck Heart. He lays himself out on the table with lyrics like, “You know you kinda remind me of scars on my arms / That I hid as best I could / That I covered with ink, but in the right kind of light / They still bleed through / Showing that there are some things that I just cannot change” on “Tell Tale Signs.” It is this kind of lyricism that sets Turner apart from lesser singer-songwriters. His ability to take a familiar feeling that most people share and make it feel poetic is a wonder to witness. Fortunately, this skillful songwriting is a trend throughout Tape Deck Heart.