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on 14 December 2009
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.