It’s been quite some time since I last updated my iPod, so the other day I asked ML if he wouldn’t mind adding some of his recently purchased albums to my library.
He added over 620 songs. That’s what I get for asking a musician to update my library.
Needless to say, I have a lot of music to slog through. Undoubtedly, some of those albums will be removed from my iPod while others will move to my “I must play this all the goddamn time because it’s awesome” list.
One of those albums is England Keep My Bones by Frank Turner.
Think of his music as folk music with a streak of punk rock. Folk-punk? Punk-folk? Either way, it’s poetic and political and not-so subtle, with straight-forward chords and a nice mesh of musical genres.
I’m always a fan of music with a political slant but Turner brings the personal to the forefront as well and the album is just another beautiful and impressive collection of thoughts and feelings. There's such a... genuine feel to his songs that makes his music that much better. Sometimes heartfelt and poignant, sometimes defiant, Frank Turner creates a very even-keeled and engaging album.
As an aside, I have heard from good authority (namely, ML, who saw him not too long ago) that Frank Turner’s live shows are a must-see. He’s apparently a master of engaging his fans and making even a larger venue seem like a small, intimate setting. Even my small amount of research on the wonderful interwebs really stressed that Mr. Turner puts on one hell of a show.
To see if he's playing at a venue near you go here.
Please let us know what’s currently owning your iPod and your ears these days in the comments!