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The most earnest man in all of England keeps on believing

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Frank Turner performs on stage for On Blackheath festival at Blackheath Common on September 14, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.

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“At this truth we have arrived/God damn, it’s great to be alive,” U.K. folk rocker Frank Turner sings, catapulting lyrics that many singers would be embarrassed to read aloud, let alone sing, into a towering anthem. A former frontman in a hardcore band, Turner specializes in earnest revelation, recalling fellow punks-turned-strummers like Billy Bragg and Dashboard Confessional. His sixth LP includes a retelling of the Challenger explosion from the perspective of Christa McAuliffe, and a rocker that promises to “lift up the weight of the world from your shoulders.” Maybe subtlety’s not his thing, but Turner’s got a goofy kind of grandeur.

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