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Middle of 'The Road'
on 16 September 2009
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I also feel that more personal lyrics about nights out, girls and drugs have been replaced by generic lyrics about life and what we should all do before we die.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.