Frank Turner
Sleep Is For The Week


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
September 7th, 2010 | 26 replies | 4,381 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I probably didn't write this song for you

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Frank Turner isn’t exactly someone I would want to mess with. Known for this vocal outbursts and edgy lyricism with post-hardcore outfit Million Dead, Turner is never holding back his punk tendencies; whether he is staging some sort of a political protest or launching an assault on his personal issues. He’s a ***-up by trait, armed with only an acoustic guitar and an empty wallet to address his self-loathing predispositions. Turner feels no obligation to be subtle about his tribulations; he’s going to bellow at you just how warped he believes this world is and how it has tormented him. It really says a lot for a man that has watched his aspirations and ideals disintegrate by the prospect of time and reality, which doesn’t cease to be the central premise of his music.


“The truth is, I don’t like people all that much” claims Frank Turner in the ninth track of his debut Sleep is for the Weak, essentially describing the record to a tee. There is something irrevocably potent about his delivery of these one-liners; each containing a blatant and simplistic message, but ultimately capturing the very sentiment that was intended. Turner is one of those musicians that isn’t going to overwhelm the listener with ostentatious musicianship and oblique lyricism, instead coming at you with an acoustic guitar and little else to hinder the motives of his words. In this respect, Sleep is for the Weak is a truly affecting collection of tracks from the self-repugnance of “The Real Damage” to the incessantly fun “The Ballad of Me and My Friends.” The record doesn’t waver much from your typical acoustic folk formula, but is far from one-dimensional in terms of the concepts and music that it boasts. The haunting “Worse Things Happen at Sea” is characteristically the record’s most intriguing track; a slow burning lament of a failed relationship that is heightened by the rare presence of strings and Turner’s poignant vocals. The tandem of the aforementioned piece and “Fathers’ Day” are an interesting blend in that there seems to be a paradoxical battle between them; “Fathers’ Day” being in a rare find in Turner’s discography in that it seems to put blame on both parties, while “Worse Things Happen at Sea” is Turner pointing his finger in the opposite direction.


Sleep for the Weak is a sure-fire representation of a punk rocker that is far from abandoning his roots; still furious that he has been unable to discover the victorious formula is this game of life, whether his career or love life has been affected. Whatever this superficial blueprint is that Frank Turner has not stumbled upon, he has acquired the prescription for manufacturing heartwarming and effective music outside of the constraints of Million Dead, ultimately establishing him as one of the more relevant solo artists of the day. After all, Turner isn’t the only one in this universe that has been searching for answers, and it could be that “We’re definitely going to hell, but we’ll have all the best stories to tell.”



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EVedder27
September 7th 2010



6088 Comments


decided to finish this half written review that I had to fill my huge reviewing gap.

This is isn't as good as Love, Ire, & Song, but better than Poetry for the Deed

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2010



17195 Comments


seeing him tomorrow with Andrew Jackson Jihad ; )

EVedder27
September 7th 2010



6088 Comments


lucky bastard, I have a few chances to see him in Oct with Social D, but idk if I'll be able to go to either

PanasonicYouth
September 7th 2010



7411 Comments


seriously adam? i fuck hate you so much right now

so jealous

thebhoy
Emeritus
September 7th 2010



4459 Comments


idk this guy doesn't really do much for me :|

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2010



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

can't wait to see him at the fest

Transient
September 8th 2010



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

seeing him tomorrow with Andrew Jackson Jihad ; )


oh my god that would be so incredible

...and if you're all about the destination, then take a fucking flight. we're going nowhere slowly, but we're seeing all the sights, and we're DEFINITELY going to hell, but we'll have all the best stories to tell.

Transient
September 8th 2010



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love your reviews by the way

Nagrarok
September 8th 2010



8169 Comments


More Frank Turner, eh? And just hours ago you mentioned that you didn't feel motivated...

Good thing to see your writing hasn't gotten any worse because of it.

Titan50
September 8th 2010



4588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review. I love this man

Norwichdude
September 8th 2010



64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just bought this! Love, Ire, & Song is awesome!
Poetry for the Deed was alright, but love rules


Jethro42
September 8th 2010



12365 Comments


ok I want to hear this
excellent 101st review buddy

BigHans
September 8th 2010



26455 Comments


Have heard half of this, closing song rapes. Good job per usual.

EVedder27
September 8th 2010



6088 Comments


thanks all.

And just hours ago you mentioned that you didn't feel motivated...

find a tiny bit of motivation and went with it

closing song rapes

it sure does


Ponton
Emeritus
September 8th 2010



5784 Comments


It's great to see another review of yours, Mike. I wish I could get into this guy as much as the others around here though.

crazyblinddude
September 8th 2010



3389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. I checked out the rest of his discog after Love Ire and Song. This one is a grat addition to his collection imo.

Romulus
September 8th 2010



8411 Comments


Yeah I should definitely check out something by Turner other than LI&S (is that a suitable abbreviation...). great review as always.

Knott-
Emeritus
September 8th 2010



10194 Comments


still need this :S!

great review!

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2010



17195 Comments


3 hours and counting

dcha
September 9th 2010



990 Comments


God Dammit, Million Dead. Just get back together.



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