Top positive review
You can't go wrong with Frank Turner
on 28 July 2015
Frank Turner is one of those artists where you can buy any their albums, and can be sure that you are going to get quality, even when it's a collection of lesser-known material. His first compilation of rarities was released in 2008 to celebrate 'The First Three Years', and it contains some real gems. The booklet has the information about where each of these 23 tracks were recorded, all of them between October 2005 and September 2008. None of the songs appeared on Frank's studio albums, but a handful were previously available on EPs, and tracks 20-22 were previously unreleased.
Frank's lyrics contain so much truth and honesty, and you can hear the sincerity in his easily identifiable voice. I particularly love the opening demo 'The Real Damage', with it's sad, but relatable realisation that you aren't getting younger, a song that I can really relate to is 'This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the One of Me', about a bored man who needs to leave his routes and spread his wings, and the sing-along, left-wing political 'Thatcher F***ed the Kids' had me agreeing on it's every word.
There are several interesting covers also to be heard, and perhaps the most unexpected is his almost hilarious acknowledgement to Abba with 'Dancing Queen'. Also here are 'You Are My Sunshine' by Jimmie Davis, and 'The Outdoor Type', which is my one of my favourites by The Lemonheads, and Frank does it well.
In my opinion, this man is one of the best singer, songwriter and musicians out there, and his music, a delicious mixture of rock, folk and punk, never disappoints me, he has the great ability to pen a tune that can stay in my head for hours, and that's only after the first few listens. I could basically listen to his voice all day if I'm honest. If you already own a Frank Turner album, I unreservedly recommend that you buy 'The First Three Years'. If you haven't heard much of his work, then this will provide a great introduction, and will probably make you want to look at buying the rest of his solid back catalogue of work.