Album Reviews

Frank Turner – No Man’s Land Review

Released by: Polydor Records

Release Date: Out Now!!!

Genre: Folk Rock



Line Up:

1. Jinny Bingham’s Ghost
2. Sister Rosetta
3. I Believed You, William Blake
4. Nica
5. A Perfect Wife
6. Silent Key
7. Eye Of The Day
8. The Death Of Dora Hand
9. The Graveyard Of The Outcast Dead
10. The Lioness
11. The Hymn Of Kassiani
12. Rescue Annie
13. Rosemary Jane



Out of Hampshire, UK comes singer/songwriter Frank Turner, who has been active since 2001 and he has already released 7 studio-albums. No man’s land is his 8th album, but it seems this might become his big break, as the press is raving a lot about this talented musician, who is combining folk, punk and melodic poprock in a catchy acoustic setting.

Sometimes it sounds a bit like a stripped The Gaslight Anthem meets Elvis Costello, but Frank definitely has an own style, which is thanks to his strong clean vocalwork. It sounds very British, but crystal clear and telling us all kinds of stories. This can best be heard during Sister Rosetta, a very catchy uptempo melodic pop/rock tune that could easily become a massive hitsingle! Sometimes it takes a bit longer before someone gets the attention from the masses, but Frank might hit the jackpot here with No man’s land, because the CD is loaded with all kinds of memorable tunes that offer some of the best singer/songwriter of the past few years. It’s melodic and catchy, but still has a sorta folksy punky approach, while due to the poppy arrangements very accessible to every listener out there!

I believed you, William Blake is an example of an incredible singer/songwriter folksy sing-a-long tune, while Nica shows the diversity of Frank, because here we have step outside the comfort zone, even offering an old jazzy 1920s vibe (although The Beatles’ Penny lane meets Sgt. Pepper’s also comes to mind here). And so it goes on and on, constantly changing and surprising, but never doing something wrong. Without a doubt, a must-have CD and probably a contender for the yearly album lists!


Written by: Gabor Kleinbloesem

Ratings: Gabor   8/10


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