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FRANK TURNER-TAPE DECK HEART-“RIGHTEOUS PASSION AND SUBSTANCE” CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS

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Frank Turner’s new cd Tape Deck Heart is the rare pop album that puts your faith back into music. it’s not perfect and of course that is the point.

Putting it simply Tape Deck Heart has killer songs. Combining an REM jangle wall of sound and passionate vocal Turner rips into Losing Days, gets Strummer-esque on Plain Sailing Weather while Tell Tale Signs goes way more than skin deep.

Elsewhere, the opening track Recovery piles up the words almost to the point of Turner running out of breath. Coupled with the gorgeous earthy The Way I tend To Be, they are both sublime songs

At 16 songs the album is a bit too long. It could also be said this is Turner’s most American sounding roots album and that is a good thing.

This album is at least four singles deep but more importantly Turner has upped the ante.

This release will be available April 23 2013

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, radio host http://emms.podbean.com/ and songwriter/vocalist with Canada’s blues/roots band THE SHAFTMEN www.theshaftmen.com

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