If you don't have any Frank Turner in your music collection, then this deluxe edition of his second studio album is a great place to start. With 35 tracks, it certainly gives you an extensive introduction to the work of his talented and prolific singer-songwriter.
'Love Ire & Song' was originally released in 2008, but this edition came one year later, with the bonus of having the complete compilation album 'The First Three Years'. If you already own both of these records separately, then you don't really need to buy this, as there are no extra tracks which you can't find on the original albums.
Frank Turner is, in my eyes, one of the truly phenomenal singer/song writing talents in recent times, and I love the most about this man's music the most really, is the sheer rawness and honesty that comes through in the words of his songs.
Despite what the frankly rather home-made looking front cover might suggest to you, 'Love Ire & Song' is more accomplished record in comparison it's critically-acclaimed predecessor, and a combination of folk, rock and punk music, always with passionate vocals, superb production (by Frank and his musician pal Ben Lloyd), and first-class guitar playing. The material is a rich mix of upbeat and slower folk rock tunes with some beautiful melodies.
If I was pushed to pick out a few of my favourite songs, I think I'd have to highlight the instant anthem that is 'Photosynthesis', the tender ballad 'Love Worth Keeping', the catchy 'Long Live the Queen', which released as a single benefit the Breast Cancer Campaign, and the quite brilliant 'Substitute', which could have actually been written specially for me, until he sings the final verse that is. 'Love Ire & Song' demonstrates both sides of love, and it does this very well.
'The First Three Years' is Frank's first compilation of rarities, released in 2008 to celebrate his 'First Three Years' in the recording business, and contains some real gems. This is a delicious mixture of rock, folk and punk, with all the songs recorded October 2005 and September 2008. None of these cuts had appeared on any of Frank's studio albums from the past, but a handful were previously available on EPs, and tracks 20-22 were previously unreleased.
You can always hear the sincerity in his easily identifiable voice no matter what type of tune he sings, and I particularly love the opening 'The Real Damage', a song that I can really relate to, 'This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the One of Me', and the left-wing political 'Thatcher F***ed the Kids' had me agreeing on it's every word. There are several interesting covers to be heard, and perhaps the most unexpected is his hilarious acknowledgement to Abba with 'Dancing Queen'. Also here are 'You Are My Sunshine' by Jimmie Davis, and 'The Outdoor Type', which is my one of my favourites by The Lemonheads, and Frank does it well.
Here we have a lot of great music from a hard-working musician at a affordable price. Discover Frank Tuner today!