Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones

January 01, 1970

(Epitaph)

 

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There is something
inexplicably fascinating about the draw acoustic guitars and folk music seem to
have on 30-something punk rockers lately. Avail’s Tim Barry, Hot Water Music’s
Chuck Ragan and Million Dead’s Frank Turner have all found critical and
creative success after unplugging from the amp and taking a seat on the coffee
house stool.  

 

Maybe it’s a way
for this generation’s punk rockers to distance themselves from Johnny Rotten
and the laughable ‘70s “death to hippies” mindset; maybe it’s just another way
to exorcise their political ghosts in a more organic form; and maybe it’s just
a pain in the ass hauling all of that heavy gear from one sweaty club to the
next… regardless it’s a trend well worth paying attention to.

 

On England Keep My Bones, his fourth full
length (he also has 3 EPs to his name), Turner proves yet again how powerful strong
vocals can be when not fighting to be heard over distorted guitars or delivered
through throat scorching screams. Overall, there is a much stronger folk vibe
on this record than any of his previous efforts, but it’s also Turner’s most
impressive song collection lyrically from the opening manifesto “Eulogy,” to
the closer “Glory Hallelujah,” by far the best Atheist hymn ever put on a
record (“Swap your confirmation for your dancing shoes because there never was
no God”).

 

I’m still a sucker
for a good punk rock record, but am just as pleased to see the tattooed
anarchists of yesterday reinventing a staid genre and making it their own.  

 

DOWNLOAD: “Eulogy,”
“I Still Believe,” “Glory Hallelujah” JOHN B. MOORE

 

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