Frank Turner
Mittens


3.0
good

Review

by Green Baron USER (159 Reviews)
April 6th, 2016 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Frank Turner's journey continues, exactly as expected

While Positive Songs for Negative People was a decent enough record in its own right, it lacked any semblance of outstanding spark that made Frank Turner such a great musician in the first place. For the first time, Turner made an album that was just ‘there’, and the end result was far less than the sum of its parts.

With the release of the Mittens EP, Turner proves that he’s still bringing more of the same to the table. Its eponymous track was a genuine, if not too saccharine offering off of Positive Songs, the kind of song that made its parent album nothing more than decent. The four new ones range in style, from piano ballad to upbeat folk-rock, but as a whole the release just manages to keep its head above water. The fast-tempo “Least of All Young Caroline” makes the best use of The Sleeping Souls, as the drum and guitar work help complement Turner’s melody, while “Cleopatra in Brooklyn” shows off the Wessex boy’s heartfelt side. Lyrically, his inspirational crusade has caused him to sacrifice quality for motivation, although hearing Turner sing “that was a serious kick in the balls” in all of his British glory is mildly amusing.

All in all, while Mittens is a fine listen, it once again seems a bit too predictable for Turner, like the kind of songs he could have written in his sleep three years ago. There’s nothing amazing about it, and as a stopgap to show off the B-sides from the Positive Songs era, it serves its job decently enough. It’s just a shame that it all sounds so safe.



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Green Baron
April 5th 2016


24134 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Quick writeup for a quick listen, one that admittedly was not all that impressive

Realm
April 5th 2016


2338 Comments


Ft sucks.

Crawl
April 6th 2016


2409 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

All of these songs are sweet, except Little Aphrodite, which drags a bit.

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eddie95
April 6th 2016


701 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

His EPs have always been somewhat average, except from Campfire Punkrock I think. Luckily his full releases offer some more interesting material.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2016


22829 Comments


nice job on this short write-up green. forgot about this EP until I saw this review

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SowingSeason
Moderator
April 6th 2016


25170 Comments


Mittens is a good but formulaic song - this review pretty much nails it.

Nothing he ever does will be as good as England Keep My Bones

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Crawl
April 6th 2016


2409 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

EKMB is fantastic, but I actually prefer both LI&S and TDH.



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