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Frank Turner opens up on new album

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  • Frank Turner, "Tape Deck Heart"

      Frank Turner, "Tape Deck Heart"

 
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Frank Turner, "Tape Deck Heart" (Interscope Records)

English folk-punk singer Frank Turner delivers his most personal work to date on his fifth solo album, "Tape Deck Heart."

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The 12 tracks expose his breakups and heartache, and "Recovery," an upbeat tune with a dark undertone, kicks off the proceedings. It's a familiar tale of a night of debauchery with friends after a breakup.

"Anymore" is an honest, acoustic account of leaving someone with lyrics like: "The single hardest thing that I ever had to do is take those arms from around me and walk away from you."

"Plain Sailing," underneath all the expletives and crashing guitars, is a catchy recounting of falling in love and then messing it all up. The lead single, "Four Simple Words," is perfect for moshing, and "Broken Piano" brings the album to a nice close with the help of a backing choir.

The only downfall is that some of "Tape Deck Heart" feels rushed. The singer-songwriter, who nicely blends folk and punk, is an acquired taste: Though his songs may be heartfelt, they're not always earth-shattering.

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