Frank Turner - The First Three Years (3 stars)

Frank Turner - The First Three Years

(Xtra Mile)


It’s a bit cheeky to release a best of when you’ve only been around for three years. But it’s easy to forgive Frank Turner; British punk rock’s loss was UK alt folk’s gain. The songs sound as good as they always did, and the rock version of ‘Jet Lag’ sounds even better. That said, he should stay away from covers: his distinctive style and voice doesn’t always translate to doing other artists’ material justice – even Abba did ‘Dancing Queen’ better than him. He ought to stick to what he’s best at; singing about being raised in middle England and pretending to be a rock climber.

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