Frank Turner is a real gem. His voice is excellent; his music may not be ground-breaking, but the combination of wit, intelligence and crushing honesty in his lyrics make it a joy to listen to. Indeed, the words and the enthusiasm with which Frank performs make him - for me - head and shoulders above any music in todays charts.
Campfire Punkrock is, thoroughout its five tracks, a statement of intent. The five songs here are about playing music, being a young man, and saying what you feel. It is not as polished as either of his albums, and the songwriting isn't quite as strong or original, but on this CD Turner sets his stall out and gives everyone a taste of what is to come. In particular Nashville Tennessee and This Town Ain't Big Enough For The One Of Me are among my favourite Frank songs - the first for its clarity on what Frank wants to do, and the second for it's amazing and totally spot-on description of growing up in a small town.
If what I've said here makes you think there's a chance this might be for you, I can't explain how much I think you should buy this CD. If you are already a convert, and own one of the albums, then I'd say get this. It's more of the same, and although in some ways the albums contain more polished songs, this is still definitely Frank, and Frank at his most raw. And that makes it very, very good.