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Campfire Punkrock

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  • Audio CD (15 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Xtra Mile
  • ASIN: B000FGFTWS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Nashville Tennessee
  2. Thatcher F**ked the Kids
  3. This Town Ain't Big Enough for the One of Me
  4. Casanova Lament
  5. I Really Don't Care What You Did On Your Gap Year

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Frank Turner, formerly the lead vocalist of hardcore band Million Dead, surprised many when he declared that he was moving into the realms of folk music. Indeed I must admit a certain level of suspicion, having been a keen Million Dead fan myself. For those of you that don't know, Million Dead were a hardcore band that produced awesome tunes with a bitter, perceptive lyrical bite.

It is clear that Frank hasn't lost his desire to ingrain his songs with a sharp insight and whilst the songs don't have that initial vitriol characterised by the hardcore genre, the lyrics retain their sense of defiance, and are bathed in the warm glow of his more melodic folk setting. It's still angry, but in a much more subtle way.

So many people get excited about so-called intelligent lyrics by other artists/bands, but Turner really does set himself apart in terms of his message and coherance:

"And it seems a little bit rich to me,

The way the rich only ever talk of charity

In times like the seventies, the broken down economy

Meant even the upper tier was needing some help.

But as soon as things look brighter,

Yeah the grin gets wider and the grip gets tighter,

And for every teenage tracksuit mugger

There's a guy in a suit who wouldn't lift a finger for anybody else" (From Thatcher ****ed the kids)

"And yes I'm in four-four time, and yes I use cheap cheap rhymes,

But I try to make a sound my own.

I know I don't break new ground, many have travelled this sound,

But I try to make it sound like home." (Nashville Tennessee)

For a MD fan, it took some getting used to, but its well worth it.
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From start to finish this CD is brilliant. It is full of wit, charm and lyrical genius. Nashville Tennesse is a brilliant opener for the CD and sets the tone for the rest of the CD and it is a really uplifting song. Thatcher Fucked the Kids is genius and "violent bunch of bastard little shits..." gets me laughing each time but its also true. Cassanova Lament is a beautiful number and in my opinion better than the demo version by miles and the added violin makes the song more full. All in all i recommend this to anyone and everyone. Pure class!!!!
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Frank Turner, one of the best singer-songwriters of my generation delivered a gem when he dropped his debut EP in 2006, a year before his first studio album 'Sleep is For the Weak'. 'Campfire Punkrock' contains five of his self-penned tracks, and each one is an early jewel in the great man's crown.

'Nashville Tennessee' is an instant uplifting anthem which would later appear on his 'Love Ire & Song' album. The following tracks all found a place on his 'The First Three Years' compilation record, starting off with the acoustic ''Thatcher F***ed' , which is, in my opinion, an accurate sing-along tune about the impact that British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had on the poorer youth who belonged to destroyed communities during her time at Number Ten. 'This Town Ain't Big Enough For the One of Me' is a very catchy, feel-good song about a man needing to leave his routes in order to discover what else is out there, 'Casanova Lament' is a touching, gentle, and sometimes humorous folksy number about a man realising that he never felt love for his girlfriend, and is now leaving her. The final cut, 'I Really Don't Care What You Did On Your Gap Year', carries on the same vain.

As a first introduction to Frank Turner's work, the 'Campire Punkrock' EP is perfect, as well as valuable item for collectors. Here we have five poetic, witty, thought-provoking and cleverly written songs from a master, who has gone from strength to strength. What I really love about Frank's music is that it actually means something, it carries an important, sometimes social message in the same vain as greats such as Bob Dylan, but with a more Bruce Springsteen edge and vocal. He certainly knows how to make that guitar of his sing, and is responsible for some of my favourite music in modern times.

If you do decide to invest in this mini album, then prefer yourself, because you might just find yourself hooked to a new favourite musician.
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