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  • Audio CD (7 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Xtra Mile Recordings
  • ASIN: B002D1GO18
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Live Fast Die Old
2. Try This At Home
3. Dan's Song
4. Poetry Of The Deed
5. Isabel
6. The Fastest Way Back Home
7. Sons Of Liberty
8. The Road
9. Faithful Son
10. Richard Divine
11. Sunday Nights
12. Our Lady Of The Campfire
13. Journey Of The Magi

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The third studio album from the former Million Dead frontman turned English folk singer-songwriter and the follow up to 2008's 'Love, Ire and Song'. The album features the single 'The Road'.

BBC Review

He’s been plugging away and searching for the road to the big time for years, but with this third solo album Frank Turner looks finally set to crack it.

Striking a balance between plaintive melodies, tenderly heartfelt lyrics and rousing fist-in-the-air punk rock fury, the former hardcore singer has produced a record that fans of both James Morrison and Black Flag will clutch to their hearts.

Single The Road and Live Fast Die Old are typically fiery manifestos of Turner’s adopted lifestyle; having spent most of his time alive in bands achieving varying degrees of success he’s well-placed to document what it’s like to strike out at your dreams. And, as with Sunday Nights, he knows how to render the cute little details of everyday life with enough honesty to make them not only universal but to be loved and cherished.

Dan’s Song is an ode to the familiar pleasures of spending a sunny day in the park with a few mates, Try This At Home a call for the annihilation of apathy and for others to pick up a guitar and follow in his raspy-throated path. Both are charming in their simplicity, and Turner’s most potent weapon is his ability to turn the familiar into the breathtakingly magical just by singing his heart out, as on Faithful Son.

Sons Of Liberty evokes spiritual forefather Billy Bragg in its folk-tinged melodies and politically impassioned lyrics but seems slightly try-hard, and Isabel, perhaps the weakest song on Poetry of the Deed, only plods where it should soar. With a gorgeous lyric both expansive and intimate, it’s a wasted mid-paced ballad that feels half-finished.

Poetry of the Deed is a superb record that should shine a light on Turner not only as a brave new and, most importantly, thoroughly unmanufactured talent in the murky waters of the British singer-songwriter, but as a guy with a guitar slung over his back who can command venues from living rooms to huge concert halls. --Stephanie Burkett

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By El Capitan on 11 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album, and seems set to launch Frank Turner into the mainstream where he has always deserved to belong. It may sound different to previous albums on first listen, as these songs have a full-band feel to them, as opposed to just backing session musicians, but the quality of the song writing and lyrics holds it all together, forming something of a new direction, and a brilliant one at that.

Tracks like "Live fast Die old" and "Poetry of the Deed" showcase this new sound, acoustic belters "Try this at home" and "Dan's song" are welcome returns to more familiar territory, and the back end of the album holds a number of slow-growing gems such as "Faithful Son", "Sons of Liberty", "The Road" & "Richard Divine".

Oh yeah and definitely go see him live.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Dec. 2009
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As someone who adored Frank's last album, "Love, Ire & Song", I have to confess that I found "Poetry Of The Deed" a lot more difficult to fall in love with, but it eventually happened. Frank has taken a slightly different direction with "Poetry Of The Deed", featuring more of a full band sound than his previous solo works and, admittedly it has taken a little of the edge away from his confrontational style, but once you adjust to it you're realise what a tremendously good album it is, with some truly great moments. The really quite pretty "Isabel", for example, is a touching working class love song. "Sons Of Liberty" is the track on the album most typical of Frank's previous style, being a rabble-rousing angry protest at the stripping away of our privacy and civil liberties, plus it features a rip-roaring fiddle solo - it's probably my pick of the whole release. "The Road" is a catchy and memorable song, predictably, about travelling. However, where many artists have made the mistake of writing songs about being on the road which are tedious and difficult for the average person to understand, Frank's attempt as such a song is excellent and doesn't fall into the trap of predictability.

"Richard Divine" is a superb character-story composition about a pathos-edged suicide, with excellent lyrics. The powerful "Our Lady Of The Campfires" is another character-based tale, packed with wonderfully-descriptive imagery. Finally, the album closer, "Journey Of The Magi" will please the fans of Turner's previous solo albums, being a wistful piece which talks of biblical/historic characters and the reflections they make about their life journey. Those are my personal favourites, but there isn't a dull moment on this whole album.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Swale VINE VOICE on 13 Sept. 2009
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When some artists have new releases, there is a doubt in your mind whether they will be able to maintain their previous levels. Not so Frank Turner. He's too clever for that.

Here is Frank's third album, and another spectacular set of songs which say exactly what I think and feel but in a poetic way that I could never manage. It's clever, at times very funny, and it affects me in a profound way.

The songs here were worked on and recorded with the band that Frank uses live, and he says that it was a much more collaborative process than on his previous recording. This means that at times - Live Fast Die Old, Poetry of the Deed, The Road - the songs have a much fuller sound. At other times it is much more stripped down. But the feeling is there throughout, and the music is crafted beautifully around that feeling and passion.

The beauty of Turner is that the more you listen, the more the poetry comes through. And the more the poetry comes through, the more the music means, and the more you want to listen to it. This beautiful little circle hasn't finished for me yet with this album - indeed, it hasn't finished for me with his last album - and I look forward to the next few months/years and the hours of enjoyment this record is going to give me!

I can't recommend listening to Frank Turner enough. No music has affected me as much as his since I first got into music.

My current favourite songs on the album are the rollicking Try This At Home, the celebration of sunny afternoons in the park that is Dan's Song and the lovely, lovely Isabel.

Oh, and Journey of the Magi is so good it nearly makes me cry.

Paupers and kings, princes and thieves, singers of songs, righters of wrongs, be what you believe.
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While I also found the sound of the album different initially (compared to Love Ire & Song) this album definitely grows on you because of the excellent songs (e.g. Sons of Liberty, Isabel, Journey of the Magi) once you hear the lyrics above the band volume. Again a great diversity of musical styles and tones and Frank's irrepressible honesty. Heard "Live" these tracks are as powerful as his previous album and sound really excellent. Turn up the volume! Saw him play these Live at the O2 Shepherds Bush last week to an ecstatic audience who already seemed to to know every word... brilliant!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Cawdeary on 16 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
OK, I've been a Frank Turner fan since the final days of Million Dead to the Campfire Rock EP through to present day, and I love the guy for his energy, tireless touring and an amazing live show. His discography is getting pretty impressive now, and with lots of Radio 1 air play and love from the likes of Zane Lowe and Jo Wiley, its doubtless that 2009 will be a massive year for Frank.

I have to say, I am a little disappointed in his new album. I feel it lacks the consistent catchiness of Love, Ire and Song. I also feel after a few listens that The Road and Try This at Home are the best tracks, which is disappointing being that I heard these weeks before the album release. Frank's love of Bruce Springsteen seems to have taken his song writing down the middle of the road, rather than mixing it up with the punk/protest/folk we have heard on previous albums.

I also feel that more personal lyrics about nights out, girls and drugs have been replaced by generic lyrics about life and what we should all do before we die.

I love Frank and I shall still go to see him on tour, and maybe these songs will work better live. They are just failing to grab my attention on the album, a little like some tracks on Sleep is for the Week.

Almost gets a 4/5 but I feel that would be a little generous.
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