12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2009
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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. It's a consistently good piece of work which, while it may conflict existing fans slightly with the more mainstream sound, is easily comparable to his previous work in terms of passion and songwriting quality. Ultimately, I don't think "Poetry Of The Deed" is as good as "Love, Ire & Song", but it's not far behind and it could definitely win him an army of new fans just on the basis of these songs alone.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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.
I really love Frank Turner, and I mean almost everything that this great man has done so far. I admit though that it did take me a few listens to be able to fully appreciate his third solo album.
'Poetry Of The Deed', released in 2009, marked a change in Frank's sound, and was the first time that he had recorded a record with his full band that he plays with live. Although I initially only liked a few of it's tracks on the first listen, once I started to play it a few times over, I grew to love this much fuller sound and the majority the songs. Although it is probably still my least favourite album, that is not in anyway a criticism, it's a compliment as to how good his other releases are. There are still some strong folk influences, but a more mainstream rock sound which was always likely to win a different audience over, and more fans.
As always, Frank's lyrics can't be criticised, his words are straight-from-the-heart, brutally honest, observant, witty and charming. He also possesses a great voice that really gives these great tunes an energy and passion which is sometimes lacking with some of the more chart-successful artists. The inclusion of more artists on board, means that Frank was able to expand his sound further with the aforementioned rock music, and also some country, but never trite pop tunes. A lot of the songs deal with the subject of friendship, and it's a very happy and uplifting work.
on 2 November 2009
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!
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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.
on 26 January 2014
I'm working backwards through Frank Turner's albums, having only started listening in the last two years. You can see the progression through his albums, which is nice. I think I prefer the songs on Love Ire & Song and England Keep My Bones (love every song on both albums), but its up to personal taste and diehard fans from the beginning will most likely disagree with me. Have a listen yourself - it wasn't very much to buy - and see what you think. I particularly like 'The Road', which was the main reason I bought the album.
on 18 August 2015
The man of the moment,hes just had his new cd go to number3 in the top 40 album chart and it looks like its going to do the same in the USA.This his his 3rd album and i would recommend all 6.Buy.
on 23 October 2013
Tried very much to like this after hearing him on Steve Lamacq's anniversary tribute radio show, but apart from one or two tracks (The Road) it's really just above average pub rock.
on 6 April 2013
His 3rd album I think it is, and a nice one at that. Includes "The Road" and "Try This At Home" which are both going to be classics one day.. maybe..