Sound — 9
Obviously singer-songwriters are pretty restricted as far as sound goes, yet Mr. Turner still manages to stand out from the crowd. The album opens with 'I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous' a song that starts from the bare minimum guitar strum, yet soon builds up into a whole band performance. 'Reason Not To Be An Idiot' is a highlight on the album, upbeat in the sound, lyrically quite downbeat. Another highlight to the album is 'Long Live The Queen' which is really quite simple musically with verses keeping a strong rythem through muted strings, and the chorus kicking into melodic singing. Due to the simplistic nature of the sound there's not much else I can write, being able to stand out as a singer-songwriter is a difficult trait, but as this is not as good as 'Sleep For The Week'.
Lyrics — 10
Lyrically, Frank Turner is head and shoulders above everybody else. All of his lyrics are about real-life experiences which allow the listener to relate to them easily. A few examples of this are: 'Long Live The Queen' - about one of his friends who died, but had lived her life to the full, and telling everybody else to do so. 'Photosynthesis' - about how he should accept he is no longer 'Hip', but instead he says 'f--k it' and refuses to. 'Reasons Not To Be An Idiot' - about a goth friend he had. I think it's clear to see he still manages to sing about a variety of subjects, instead of just interpreting one subject in different manners.
Overall Impression — 9
This album is great, just about every song on the album stands out. The songs which are most impressive are - 'Reason Not To Be An Idiot', 'Long Live The Queen', 'Photosynthesis' and 'Substitute'. I love this album, it would get a 10/10 but it is not as good as 'Sleep Is For The Week' and also some songs get a bit samey by the end. But still a great effort from Frank Turner. If you havn't bought this album yet, I highly recommend it.