Review: Tape Deck Heart by Frank Turner

Tape Deck Heart by Frank TurnerFor a break-up record – that’s what Frank Turner himself said – Tape Deck Heart is a surprisingly sprightly one. And not in a “fuck you, I will move on and you will suck” kind of way. In places the album sounds a bit too personal, like you’re seated in his bedroom watching him trash it out of heartbreak. But the sound – jubilant, but not in an up-yours way – permeates the album, from the starter “Recovery”, to album highlights “The Way I Tend To Be” and Elbow-ish anthem “The Fisher King Blues”. Perhaps it’s the sheen of the album being recorded in Los Angeles; there’s a bit of grit missing in here, that certain Britishness, but you wouldn’t mind, really. I’m also not saying Frank doesn’t slow down – he still returns, occasionally, to his acoustic solo origins, before switching to all-out punk, all in “Four Simple Words” – but it’s nice to see a break-up album that manages to strike the right tone and avoids being a sapfest. | 4/5

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