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on 18 April 2007
I should preface this by saying that I've never heard anything by Million Dead and was completely unaware of Frank Turner until I heard the Campfire Punk Rock EP. As a fan of folk, punk, folk-punk and anything in between, I had pretty high hopes for this record, especially as I was impressed by the "London city-boy folk" of the EP. In comparison, this record is a little disappointing. Only "Father's Day" really stands out as an all-round well-crafted song and there's little by way of socio-political commentary like "Thatcher F**ked the Kids" on here. My other problem with Mr Turner is that the life experiences, captured in his songs, aren't necessarily the most interesting or engaging. There's a song about waking up after a drunk night out and catching the bus home, a song about fancying a girl who sees him as a harmless confidant and several songs about how tough it is when he "accidentally" keeps sleeping with lots of women. I suppose it works as a glimpse into the diary of a middle class white suburbanite musician, but (sorry Frank) they're not necessarily the most interesting people!
On the plus side, there are some nice up tempo numbers on here and, personally, I find the couple of songs about growing up a young punk more engaging than the "woe is me" love ballads. I should also point out that I'm being quite harsh on this record, but I am glad I bought it and it is better and more "human" than a huge amount of other songwritery stuff out there at the moment. Frank Turner comes across as a generally likeable and thoughtful songwriter but I think the material could do with tightening up a little bit.