Review. Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls – Tape Deck Heart


Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls – Tape Deck Heart.

Out Now.

It might be a breakup record but Frank Turner’s Tape Deck Heart plays like a love letter to his favourite things.

From the self-harming deconstruction of Plain Sailing Weather to the distracting celebration of Four Simple Words, it’s painfully clear that Tape Deck Heart is, very obviously, doused in hurt.

Scratch beneath that gloomy surface, and you’ll find that Tape Deck Heart is beating with love. Tattoos, live music and history all get an admiring glance, but there’s one thing that deserves a lingering stare. One relationship might be over but another is stronger than ever.

Tape Deck Heart sounds best when Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls are arguing like the old married couple they are. Having sound-tracked Frank’s evolution from angry folk troubadour to commanding rock contender, they’re still here for their man.

Frank Turner’s voice cracks, desperate to be heard over the colossal precision of his Sleeping Souls and it’s all too easy to forget about the pain. Broken Piano, Recovery and Oh Brother all begin with a simple acoustic spirit, but by the end they’ve transformed into very different beasts. Their appeal magnified and their poignancy intensified.

Tape Deck Heart is the most dynamic Frank Turner album yet. We see Frank at his loudest and his quietest. He’s at his most self-deprecating yet his most hopeful.  Tape Deck Heart is a very personal album. Without the gentle hand of The Sleeping Souls, there’s no knowing how bleak it could have got. Luckily, Tape Deck Heart is a beautiful celebration of both pain and togetherness. It’s this relationship that Tape Deck Heart ultimately celebrates and it’s this jaunty coming together that make Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls so damn exciting.

The Sleeping Souls have stuck beside Frank and there’s nothing on Tape Deck Heart that’s going to push you away either. It’s just going to attract more people to this rather full marital bed. It’s alright though, we don’t mind the company.



~ by justdip on 24/04/2013.

2 Responses to “Review. Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls – Tape Deck Heart”

  1. Read a few blog reviews of this album, this is far and away the best written. Also, you’ve seen dingus khan live. Dingus khan are fucking amazing.
    That is all.

  2. I’ve loved him since Million Dead and listened to the album 5 times yesterday when it arrived in the post – but I’m not feeling it 😦 Plain Sailing Weather is phenomenal, Recovery good and Four Simple Words a lot of fun, but apart from that the songs just aren’t memorable enough. Too slow, too ballad-y, for me at least. Though the Sleeping Souls have clearly improved, and his songwriting remains excellent.

    I’ll give it a few more goes, but to me it’s feeling a lot more like Poetry Of The Deed and Sleep Is For The Week (i.e. flawed but some great tracks) than England Keep My Bones or Love Ire & Song (i.e. pick-me-up-off-the-floor-amazing).

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