Tape Deck Heart

The onetime singer of U.K. hardcore band Million Dead, Frank Turner is a grown-ass Englishman who turns out highly quotable, sometimes deliriously catchy rants about life after punk. His fifth LP blooms with crisply enunciated patter about bandmate bromances and childhood memories of cutting himself, with liberal squirts of acid: "Fuck you, Mötley Crüe, for charming us with access and with excess," he croons sweetly in "Good & Gone," a tune so pretty you can hear the dimples. Strange words, coming from a guy who's all about emotional access and rollicking-chorus excess. But Turner knows just how pleasurable it can be getting caught up in contradictions.

From The Archives Issue 1183: May 23, 2013