Tape Deck Heart [CASSETTE]
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That's not to say these are 18 tracks that will leave you eyeing your shoelaces as if you've been stuck in a room with Radiohead on repeat.
It starts with a thunderous chorus that is Recovery. That gives you the jumping, pumping, pushing, shoving, standing-on-everyone-else's-toes singalong that people go to gigs for. Even with that, though, there's a serious undercurrent, especially with lyrics such as: "Well darling now I'm sinking, I'm as lost as lost can be and I was hoping you could drag me up from down here towards my recovery" - even if it is a line likely to be shouted at the tops of peoples' voices at shows.
Losing Days has some superb, upbeat mandolin playing from Matt Nasir, which leads into the best track on the album. The Way I Tend To Be isn't just beautifully performed with a hauntingly superb chorus, it has genuine heart to it. There's a statuesque symmetry to the poetry of the final verse.
"Because I said I love you so many times that the words kinda die in my mouth //
And I meant it each time with each beautiful woman but somehow it never works out //
You stood apart in my calloused heart and you taught me and here's what I learned //
That love is about the changes you make and not just three small words"
It's from there that the tone for the rest of the songwriting continues.
Plain Sailing Weather builds from its spoken start to six minutes of almost unexpected self-vilification, with Good And Gone hinting at the darker sides of being a rock star.Read more ›
Four Simple Words is arguably Franks greatest song in terms of live show fun. The album version is no let down, from the quiet opening to crashing drums and guitar solos, it is one of the catchiest songs he has ever written.
What this album has is strength in depth. It is crammed from start to finish with brilliant songs - some fun, some brutally honest - and only really takes a breather for the quieter solo song Anymore. This quality continues in the bonus deluxe tracks (which are definitely worth paying the extra for) Cowboy Chords is stunning, and Time Machine see's Frank disappear off into a more Weezer-esque direction, but he comes out the other side with one of the funnest lyrics ever: "I'm a gonna build myself a time machine, on particle physics and the power of steam"
This lyric perfectly en-captures what is by far the best thing about this album - the meaning and (sometimes) fun Frank has put into the lyrics. Go and listen to The Way I Tend To Be, Four Simple Words and Broken Piano and you will see the brilliance of Tape Deck Heart.
But the lyrics! If you feel a little down, stay away. If you must listen, remove all sharp objects from the room and wrap up in the duvet. If you feel happy, you soon won't.
Songs about love lost are a recurring theme on the album. Love lost through drink, lost through your own actions. Songs about recovering from lost love. Songs about losing childhood love and childhood best friends. Songs about depression, (The album opens with this one!) Frank moves on to give advice on bringing up your kids, and it is a dark parenting advice, and all to save the Fisher King.
I like the album, but I can't listen to the whole thing at a single sitting. And even after after half a dozen listenings I can't say I have a favourite track. The album is different and not in the same vein as Frank Turners previous work. Given the subject matter it still appeals.
It has been said this album is introspective. I hope not!
It is not a bad album, just different.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was late finding out about Frank Turner. My musical tastes were very different. I first saw Frank Turner on the Morgan spurlock show singing I still believe. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BILL DOOR
I love this album. It arrived quickly and you also get a digital download for it via Amazon music so you get the sound of vinyl and can also listen on the go.Published 4 months ago by ben
Love, love, love, love, love.
Amazing heartfelt lyrics and beautiful guitar playing.
Did I mention that I love it?
Frank Turner is quality. Bit o' folk, bit o' punk, bit o' politics. Love it.Published 6 months ago by MJ
This album is just awesome. I have all of Frank Turners albums and I have to say this is one of my favourites. Just a brilliant artist all around. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Thomas