Frank Turner
Rock & Roll


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
December 2nd, 2010 | 86 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And now who'd have thought that something as simple as rock 'n' roll would save us all?

I like to think that most of us here on Sputnik Music view music as an integral part of the human experience. Especially how it can embody an ethos in ways that are almost impossible to explain unless experienced through it. Frank Turner understands the salvation that music can bring. “I Still Believe”, the lead off track on his Rock & Roll EP, proudly exclaims “And now who'd have thought that something as simple as rock 'n' roll would save us all?” It's rapturous. Part nostalgia, part reverence, “I Still Believe” is a modern hymnal for those of us raised under the influence of one of the greatest cultural phenomenons of the last 60 years and whose house of worship lies not in a brick and mortar establishment but in our stereos and concert halls.

On Rock & Roll, Frank does more than share his own musical gospel, he shares his life. “The Next Round” is achingly gut wrenching. While lines like “I'm not quite thirty but feel like I'm dying” are as melodramatic as they are crushing, the most damning aspect of the song is Frank lamenting “I drink because I want to, because I need to, because I don't know what to do... with my time,” and that “Of all the things that I could become a lonely drunkard isn't one I would have wished when I was young”. When stood up against “I Still Believe” it makes both songs even more convincing as he shows why he needs his salvation. “Rock & Roll Romance” is the closest Frank has come to writing an honest to goodness love song since “To Take You Home” from his 2006 sophomore album, Love Ire & Song, and true to his character it is bittersweet. Its gentle fingerpicked chords and endearingly hushed vocals recall Mike Kinsella's Owen project as it paints what could have been before showing the portrait of a romance that is torn and hung in a broken frame.

On Frank Turner's last album, 2009's Poetry of the Deed, there was a crass but poignant line in the song “Try This At Home” stating that “There's no such thing as rock stars, there's just people who play music/ And some of them are just like us and some of them are dicks.” Frank Turner is definitely one of “us”. A man that bleeds. A person with follies and foibles. The kind of person that is just glad to be alive and makes the best of his given circumstance. How do I know this? Well, it's rather obvious if you listen to his music. It's not often that a songwriter comes along that not only gives his listeners a chance to view the inner workings of his soul, but is also able to express his own situation so clearly and in a way that resounds so personally to everyone in earshot. It's a lovely rapport that Frank has built with his fans. For proof of this just see Frank live as a packed house breathes in his words and exhales them back out at the top of their lungs with the same passion and conviction as if they themselves had penned them.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2010


17231 Comments


shit glitched hard. and still is. wtf

Transient
December 3rd 2010


1461 Comments


I WANT TO LISTEN TO THIS ALREADY GODDAMMIT


lovely review, etc.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2010


31628 Comments


I'm not touching it this time

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

Transient
December 3rd 2010


1461 Comments


also this:

'I like to think that most of us here on Sputnik Music view music as an integral part of the human experience. Especially how it can embody an ethos in ways that are almost impossible to explain unless experienced through it.'

is exactly how I feel about Frank Turner's music more than almost any other artist's

Knott-
Emeritus
December 3rd 2010


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's the ampersandddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd.

So yeah seeing this guy tomorrow this sounds awesome would have liked to hear it before the gig but i'll pick it up on saturday i guess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2010


17231 Comments


gonna change the ampersand

Transient
December 3rd 2010


1461 Comments


this is appearing under albums instead of EPs for some reason

edit: http://sputnikmusic.com/soundoff.php?albumid=66379

the proper page

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2010


17231 Comments


ugh. gonna just wait for a mod to stumble upon this and be like wtf and fix it. im done trying

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2010


28822 Comments


[img]http://www.xtramilerecordings.com/images/frankturnerrockandrollep.jpg[/img]

is an ampersamz

Digging: Charli XCX - Sucker

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2010


17231 Comments


the ampersand caused the problem in the first place. i have no idea what's going on. later dudes.

Sanders
December 3rd 2010


2361 Comments


Knott - are you seeing him in Preston? I'm off to that show tomorrow!

Tyler
Emeritus
December 3rd 2010


7926 Comments


This feels almost a little lacking, but only because I wish it were longer. Alas, the trouble with EPs. I'd love to see him again.

Kris.
December 3rd 2010


12511 Comments


i want this so badly

Deathcar
December 3rd 2010


1534 Comments


Agh. Can't wait to get this, should be awesome.

Kiran
Emeritus
December 3rd 2010


6002 Comments


so great, i want to see him live again just for the huge crowd chant catharsis of "i still believe"

PurpleDrank
December 3rd 2010


417 Comments


will acquire this

Avirov
December 3rd 2010


1206 Comments


HEY YAY
HEY YAY
HEY YAY
HEY YAY
COME YAY
COME YAY
COME YAY
COME YAY
HEY YAY
HEY YAY
HEY YAY
HEY YAY

verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, solo, slow chorus

headache

Comatorium.
December 3rd 2010


4195 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

want this nao.

SmurkinGherkin
December 3rd 2010


1770 Comments


He was incredible at Reading. The NME tent was packed. Everyone was singing along. I made friends with an overweight black man. It was a good day.

EVedder27
December 3rd 2010


6088 Comments


oh shit, didn't even know this was coming out. So excited to hear now.



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