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Frank Turner and an extended version of his band the Sleeping Souls – including label mates Jim Lockey, Ben Marwood and Emily Barker – have just played the biggest show on Earth at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

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  • Audio CD (27 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Xtra Mile
  • ASIN: B004U75L5S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Eulogy
2. Peggy Sang The Blues
3. I Still Believe
4. Rivers
5. I Am Disappeared
6. English Curse
7. One Foot Before The Other
8. If Ever I Stray
9. Wessex Boy
10. Nights Become Days
11. Redemption
12. Glory Hallelujah

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Fourth studio album by the English folk/rock musician. Working once more with producer Tristan Ivemy, the album contains the singles 'Peggy Sang the Blues' and 'I Still Believe'.

BBC Review

In 1989 Elvis Costello released the song God’s Comic, a tale of a drunken and comical priest who is granted an audience with God. "He said before it had really begun," goes the lyric, "I prefer the one about my son," a line so exquisitely blasphemous that it’s a wonder that no one seemed to notice it. Also taking mischief as his currency, a generation later and Frank Turner closes out England Keep My Bones with a song that sounds like a hymn, and has a title that sounds like a hymn as well. "There is no God, we’re all in this together," he sings, joyously and triumphantly. "There is no God, so ring that victory bell." No danger of the flock failing to notice that, then.

Turner is a nice boy with an unlikely story. Armed with an acoustic guitar he has toured the world and built up a fanbase that is the envy of many a louder band. Last year he supported Green Day at Wembley Stadium and headlined his own sold-out show at the 4,900-capacity Brixton Academy. He has a fine ear for a chewable tune and is possessed of enough verbal articulacy to comfortably wrestle with such notions as what it is to be English – English, mind, not British – without being caught on the defensive. All of this comes with a flash of egalitarian flair that serves to distil the distance between artist and audience down to nothing.

Although production on England Keep My Bones borders on the brittle, and lines such as "everyone stumbles on old cocaine" – what is that "old" doing there, exactly? – are not as incisive as they might be, overwhelmingly this is an exuberant yet quietly sophisticated triumph. On a song such as the musically magnificent Nights Become Days, Turner’s flowering songwriting talents are a joy to hear. But throughout this is an album of sufficient character, quality, daring and charm to ensure that its creator’s unlikely march to the mainstream continues without interruption.

--Ian Winwood

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 11 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I, a Wessex born southern boy have been a fan of Mr Turner's since the days of the Railway. Whilst his last album was a foray into the heavier side of life; England Keep My Bones is classic Frank folk through and through, him doing what he does best. There is not a weak song in here. We have personal lyrics and exquisite guitar. This is absolutely an album up there with, what I think is his best, Love Ire and Song. Frank is a God.Love Ire and Song
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Darren on 7 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I must admit to never have heard of Frank Turner until this years festivals.
I was just flicking through the channels and saw Frank's set from Reading/Leeds and was blown away, and I went out and ordered this CD.
I was not disappointed and went on to but the other three studio albums.
Having read a lot of other reviews, I feel a little bit of shame that i didnt hear of this guy before, he is most definitely the best artist of his kind at the moment and the songs he writes are truly inspiring, melodic, cheeky and every other superlative that you can think of. Its intelligent and moving and makes you want to have a beer and realise that it aint so bad after all.

Eulogy, will be on my headstone when I am done on this world !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 April 2015
Format: Audio CD
I am currently going through some kind of Frank Turner fan-boy phase in a big way, and his fourth studio album, 2011's 'England Keep My Bones' is currently on heavy rotation. As with all this man's releases, the guy has made brilliant record of folk/rock music that will inspire, encourage and motivate. The songs here are the kind that you'll want listen to if you have a bad day to lift you up again. Songs so powerful that they almost make you feel reborn.

Many of the tracks here deal with the theme of protest and survival, and the master singer/songwriter, as always, pays his respects to his past loves, countrymen, and musical rock idols that came before him. The opener 'Eulogy' is an epic, with a great, positive message that I will take on board, the soulful 'Peggy Sang the Blues' is further proof of this guy's genius, and 'I Still Believe', which has a pretty straight forward meaning, music save us, specifically rock and roll, and how true that is. Frank is an atheist, and some of the songs here are anti-religion, some of which are more subtle than others. I'm not an atheist myself, but I respect his views, and they don't prevent from playing this disc on repeat at all, my one expectation is 'Glory Hallelujah', the complete opposite of a church hymn.

Enjoy 'England Keep My Bones' as much as I do, as we anticipatedly wait for this next album due to be released later in the year. Many thanks Mr. Turner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara on 18 April 2012
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I loved 'Wessex Boy' when I first heard it, but I'm not one to buy an album on the back of hearing one track. But then when the first play of 'I Still Believe' reached my ears, I was straight on Amazon. So glad I bought it - one of those CDs where you turn up the volume a bit with each new track, until there just is no more up! It's inspiring, it's patriotic, it makes you move, and 'English Curse' is an absolute goosebumps song. Turner's voice is strong and passionate, and I'm off to find some of his other albums. Brilliant CD :)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Seasider on 25 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Now I am not going to pretend that I have been following Frank Turner since he first appeared on stage, singing in his Junior school end of term play. However, I am going to wax lyrical about the greatness of his latest offering. I stumbled upon his wonderful live presence whilst waiting for James at last years' Latitude and he ended up as my highlight of the day.

As for this album, it is full of clever lyrics and choruses that you just want to shout out of the window of your car as you fly along a dull dual carriageway (within the legal speed limits ofcourse!). It is also full of historical references-which I love-few albums have a song about William Rufus in them (English Curse).

At the risk of upsetting the purist fans (but for the benefit of those who have yet to buy a Frank Turner album) this album is reminiscent of Billy Bragg's album about Englishness...with a touch of the Levellers' early albums. Heavier, and not quite as good as "Love, Ire & Song" but still brimming with sing-along anthemic classics. "I Still Believe" deserves to be sung by a crowd of thousands whilst songs like "Rivers", "Song for Eva Mae"(bonus song on the limited edition version) and "I am Disappeared" can be enjoyed at home, with a pint of ale, roaring fire and tear in one's eye. "Redemption" is what those prone to emotional openness would call 'beautiful' and just another facet of this varied album.

I was going to give this album 4 stars as it is less amazing than "Love, Ire & Song"...then I thought that this was unfair. This is Frank Turner's second best album. I will give "Love, Ire and Song" 6 out of 5!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AlexTheHat on 8 July 2011
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This is an awesome combination of angry shouty punk that still sounds very Frank Turner, like in I am Disappeared, but also some great folky Englishy songs like the ones from Love Ire & Song, like Rivers and Wessex Boy. And then there's Glory Hallelujah, which is an epic atheist tune and possibly my favourite...Then again, my favourite changes every time I listen to the album. The only one off the Rock 'n Roll EP is I Still Believe, which sounds amazing on the record, but even better live when there's a bunch of you yelling it. :D It's definitely getting the deluxe version, because the extra tracks are just as good as the ones on the album. If you have been listening to Frank Turner for a while and like his stuff, buy this album. If you like folk/punk/bluesy rocky stuff, buy this album. If you like music you should get it. I promise you will enjoy it. A LOT. :D
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