frank turner

To coincide with the start of his biggest UK tour to date, Frank Turner has released the Polaroid Picture EP. Opening with ‘Polaroid Picture’ taken from Turner’s recent album Tape Deck Heart, the EP features a trio of covers of tracks by Frightened Rabbit, The Weakerthans, and Biffy Clyro songs, before finishing with the only new track, ‘Sweet Albion Blues’.

‘Polaroid Picture’ was a powerful track on the album, and is a powerful opening to the EP. It is a heart-tugging examination of change, and the importance of not only making good memories, but of moving on from them. The renditions of ‘Modern Leper’ and ‘Plea From A Cat Named Virtute’ remain relatively faithful to the originals, but Frank still manages to put his own spin on the songs. The latter is a live track, and does an excellent job of proving why Frank Turner is a must-see live. ‘Who’s Got A Match’ is sadly less successful than the previous two covers. While probably the most original interpretation of the three on the EP, it is ultimately a little underwhelming.

‘Sweet Albion Blues’ swiftly remedies this, ending the EP with a fast-paced, ridiculously quick lyrical flourish.

[Louisa Burden]

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