Folk-punk singer Frank Turner is back with his sixth studio offering, and it’s a definite improvement on his solid but unspectacular 2013 break-up album Tape Deck Heart.
The Angel Islington, a rough demo where he “resolves to start again”, is an odd opener, but after that it’s back to business as usual with the rousing Get Better and lead single The Next Storm.
Glorious You is another tremendously upbeat song, which will sound great live, while the mid-paced Mittens shows a more tender side of his songwriting, while still getting its message across.
Love Forty Down is another song which will also fit perfectly into his live set - he’s at Newcastle University on November 14 - but in typical Turner fashion he saves the best ‘til last.
Song For Josh, recorded live, is a tribute to Josh Burdette, the longtime manager of the 9:30 Club in Washington DC, who died in 2013, in an apparent suicide.
It’s in similar vein to one of my favourite FT songs, Long Live The Queen from 2008’s Love Ire & Song album, and shows Turner at what he does best, paying heartfelt tribute to a lost friend.
A real tear-jerker, it shows that tattoed blokes who’ve played in hardcore punk bands have a sensitive side too. 8/10. GW