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Frank Turner - Last Minutes and Lost Evenings

JustCan'tHateEnough   (8 reviews)

Posted: 10/14/2012 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

The first time I ever heard someone who played folk/punk was Billy Bragg. He was a huge influence on many of the bands and people I love. Frank Turner was one of the many people influenced by Billy Bragg. Frank Turner used to be the singer of the punk band "Million Dead". Anybody familiar with his work in this band knows about his ability to write lyrics that paint a picture so vividly that you feel like you're there, much like his influences (Strummer, Waits, Bragg, Dylan, Springsteen, Cash etc). Another one of his great talents is his ability to sing lyrics that remind you why you turned the radio off in the first place and found alternative forms of music.

On his new release "Last Minutes and Lost Evenings" on legendary punk label Epitaph he doesn't release any new songs, but instead a collection of old songs to introduce America (where he isn't a household name like in the UK) to his music. The collection you have here is a lot of his concert staples. It is a great way to familiarize yourself with his music if you have never heard it before. The only gripe I have with the songs selected is that there are not many songs from his last album "England Keep My Bones", because I think this was his best album aside from that small gripe the songs selected here are a great way to understand what Frank Turner is about.

You have song's like "I Still Believe" That is set to the classic four- by- four rock n' roll back beat. Filled with jazzy pianos and a harmonica solo. Lyrically I think he nails the universal truth about music, with lyrics like "I still believe in the need For guitars and drums and desperate poetry. I still believe that everyone can find a song for every time they've lost, and every time they've won". He is simply expressing that it doesn't matter what type of music you listen to, but no matter how you feel there is a song out there that expresses how you feel.

On a song like "Photosynthesis" where he sings about being older, but not being an adult in the traditional sense. He muses "All your friends and peers and family solemnly tell you, you will have to grow up, be an adult, be bored and unfulfilled. But no one's yet explained to me exactly what's so great about slaving 50 years away on something that you hate". Songs like this is were Frank Turner wears his punk rock roots on his sleeve. One of the main punk ideologies is not doing what others want you to do just because they think it's right. It's about doing what you want because you think it's right.

Last Minutes and Lost Evenings also comes with a DVD of his sold out show at Wembley Stadium. One thing you can tell instantly about Frank Turner and his backing band the Sleeping Souls, is that they are generally having fun playing for an audience and appreciate the fact that every single person there chose to spend their money and time with them. Frank and band sound amazing live. They are extremely tight and give you that feeling that you are watching a good ole rock n' roll show. The DVD also has a documentary called "I Still Believe" which is about the road to Wembley. It is a nice look into what seems like one of the nicest and most humble people in the wasteland that is the music industry.

Musically this might not be for everyone, it is folk music with punk attitude and anger. It's punk in the sense that Johnny Cash was punk (and he fucking was), but if you like Billy Bragg or Old Against Me! then I think you would like this. There are some good rockers here like "Try This at Home" but for the most part this is a folk/punk album. If you are the type of person who really appreciates lyrics, then I highly recommend "Last Minutes and Lost Evenings" because lyrically Frank Turner is one of the best I have heard in a long time. If you just want some good music to get drunk to with your friends and sing along then this album is also for you. With lyrics like "We're going nowhere slowly, but we're seeing all the sights, and we're definitely going to hell, but we'll have all the best stories to tell." I can't think of a better mantra to end the night at last call with.

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