Tape Deck Heart

Tape Deck Heart

by Frank Turner
     
 

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His fifth studio effort since reinventing himself as a fiery, civic-minded folksinger, Tape Deck Heart finds the former frontman for hardcore punk rockers Million Dead dialing back the political fervor and unleashing a revelatory set of breakup songs, nostalgic ballads, and hedonistic pub rockers…  See more details below

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His fifth studio effort since reinventing himself as a fiery, civic-minded folksinger, Tape Deck Heart finds the former frontman for hardcore punk rockers Million Dead dialing back the political fervor and unleashing a revelatory set of breakup songs, nostalgic ballads, and hedonistic pub rockers that falls somewhere between the wounded blue-collar humor of Billy Bragg and the benevolent swagger of Against Me! Turner's big expressive voice and gift for everyman poetry loom large over the proceedings, but there's a newfound musical effusiveness at play here as well, due in part to some tastefully simple yet sharp production from Rich Costey (Muse, Weezer, Rage Against the Machine). The more contemplative pieces like "Good & Gone," "The Fisher King Blues," and the evocative closer "Broken Piano," all of which balance humor and heartache with remarkable precision, may initially put off fans just looking for the usual Saturday night singalongs, but Turner is such a likable narrator that it's hard not to root for him, even at his most wrecked. Sleek, stylish, yet imbued with the peeling paint and tattered show flyer patina of punk, songs like the somber yet defiant "Recovery," the rousing and sentimental "Oh Brother," and the mosh pit-ready "Four Simple Words," the latter of which, with its rowdy and robust chorus of "I want to dance/I want lust and love and a smattering of romance," seems destined for either an opening or closing slot on the set list for years to come, maintain the camaraderie of the genre while jettisoning its more nihilistic aspects, resulting in what feels more like a brotherly headlock than a combat boot to the noggin.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2013
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602537296040
catalogNumber:
001832702
Rank:
40414

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Turner   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rich Costey   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Nigel Powell   Percussion,Drums,Recorder,Background Vocals
Chris Kasych   Background Vocals
Tarrant Anderson   Bass,Drums,Background Vocals
Matt Nasir   Organ,Mandolin,Piano,Accordion,Drums,Background Vocals,Xylophone,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Ben Lloyd   Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Noise
Ben Hallett   Background Vocals
Scott Keys   Background Vocals
Chris Trovero   Background Vocals
Elle King   Banjo
Samantha Keys   Background Vocals
Deena Keys   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Howie Weinberg   Mastering
Rich Costey   Producer,Engineer
Frank Turner   Composer
Chris Kasych   Engineer
Thomas Lacey   Artwork,Layout
Matt Nasir   Composer
Ben Morse   Band Photo
John Hill   Soundscape
Dave Schiffman   Engineer
Heather Law Tattooer   Cover Design

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