Frank Turner
Love, Ire & Song


5.0
classic

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
August 20th, 2010 | 190 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We're definitely going to hell but we'll have all the best stories to tell

Frank Turner is right. Punk rock never did live up to what it promised. The community that it brings in youth fades into a mediocre fellowship of diehards, hardliners, and burnouts, who do nothing but destroy the very ethos that they used to embody. And the kids that keep the dream alive, no matter how well intentioned, only end up caught in an never ending cycle of disappointment that comes to a head in a crippling realization that either sees them leaving their once beloved scene for the real world or becoming that balding, forty-five year old cashier with the entire SST roster tattooed on his body, working at Whole Foods, telling anyone interested about his favorite brands of vegan snack foods that he has stocked at his loft.

Turner's sophomore release, Love Ire & Song, is the sound of a punk being born again. Not in a religious sense, but in mindset and being. After reaching the crossroads of youthful idealism and the big picture thinking that comes with finally finding out how the world operates, Turner is the poet-laureate for those that were raised on punk's traditions, but have grown apart from its rules and one sided politics. Armed with a lowly acoustic guitar, and his backing band of course, he has traded in his past edge for a more traditional folk presentation that allows his brilliant storytelling and word play to blossom into a rapturous force, entwining love, politics, and happenstance into infectious yet deeply personal anthems that reflect on growing older but not growing up. Every song on Love Ire & Song is a charmingly positive, but realistically portrayed, look at you, me and all of us. Sometimes it is as simple as the joys of friendships or as complex as the loss of a loved one, but it's all part of life and that's what Frank celebrates. All of it -- the ups, the downs, the romance, the heartbreak, birth and death, and every little moment in between.

All in all, Frank Turner is the most instantly likable figure in music that I have ever come across. Not only does his music resonate with the heartstrings in ways that few modern songwriters can, his live show, just like Love Ire & Song, is a collection of a higher consciousness that rallies all in ears reach to open up and look past whatever your inhibitions might tell you, whatever this jaded and cynical post-millennial existence has taught us to believe, and embrace the moment, for, in reality, it is all we really have. So why waste it?



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2010


17222 Comments


been promising this for over 2 years. hope it somehow does the album justice. now enough with the
frank turner reviews, k?

chesse13
August 20th 2010


3796 Comments


punk with an acustic guitar? .. im confused

Digging: -

crazyblinddude
August 20th 2010


3389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just listen to the album. Will make more sense afterward.

chesse13
August 20th 2010


3796 Comments


alright i will tomorrow ha

Transient
August 20th 2010


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh man, when he opens with prufrock live and he hits the 'AND THE ONLY THING THAT'S LEFT TO DO IS LIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE' bit, it's impossible to not feel like every single word he's saying is the goddamn truth

i need a drink

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2010


17222 Comments


that's because it is the truth.

Deceptioneer
August 20th 2010


509 Comments


would neg if i could

Transient
August 20th 2010


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

that's because it is the truth.


that's why i need a drink

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2010


17222 Comments


well you cant so [img]http://seo2.0.onreact.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/silly-kid-sticking-out-tongue.jpg[/img]

Captain North
August 20th 2010


6789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

chesse13 is still under the impression that punk is a genre.

Deceptioneer
August 20th 2010


509 Comments


it is.

SoapySoap
August 20th 2010


865 Comments


It's more of a mindset these days.

Great album.

PanasonicYouth
August 20th 2010


7411 Comments


about fucking time you reviewed this

PanasonicYouth
August 20th 2010


7411 Comments


your opinion is invalid
this album is a 5

porch
August 20th 2010


8459 Comments


'this album is kinda....bad?'

correct

OFace
August 20th 2010


173 Comments


MrPorchular, its a good album!

porch
August 20th 2010


8459 Comments


you've convinced me

Inveigh
August 20th 2010


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

does this have dope beats and rhymes

OFace
August 20th 2010


173 Comments


No, but it has wacky, insightful lyrics!

Inveigh
August 20th 2010


25025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so it needs more beats and rhymes then



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