If you don’t know who Frank Turner is, he is Neverland’s Peter Pan. The boy who will never grow up, and flies and fights pirates, he is magical and amazing.
Probably everyone has felt at one point or another, that being young forever and fighting back against the river of time deserves to be praised and celebrated. However in 2008 Frank Turner released “Love, Ire, and Song” the only three things that a human being needs in order to be fulfilled or so he furiously contends over the length of this masterpiece. Love is a beautiful thing, and infinitely precious, every love song written on this glorious album is a monument to its wonderful power.
Ire, cockney for righteous anger, is also present as he passionately sings to the top of his lungs that he will not “sit down, and shut up” seriously not figuratively on the stand out should be famous track “Photosynthesis”.
Finally song, the third part of his recipe for a life worth living …. well, just have a listen to “Substitute” for an example of just what he thinks. Music is the ultimate form of expression. And on this track, Frank equates his passion to the life blood coursing through his veins, He sings “music is my substitute for love”the whole album changed my life, Frank bleeds out his words like a dying man speaking his last rites.
“Love, ire and song” This single thought drives a million miles per hour through the length of this album, Frank writes every love story into a passionate exchange of beautiful moments. His clever word play and gift for composition are exceptional inspired and so earnestly refreshing that they demand to be taken seriously. He would go on to break into the mainstream with later attempts but he nailed home his credo and argument for longevity and fame with this uplifting production of soul affirming reassuring tribute to the power of Love.
The jaded former punk rock front man of “million dead” Frank writes from a place of deep frustration yet he stays positive and sees hope and beauty in a deeply dark world.