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Love, Ire and Song

Love, Ire and Song
Frank Turner

Release date: Monday 31st March, 2008
Producer: Ben Lloyd
Engineer: Ben Lloyd
Label: Xtra Mile

  1. I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
  2. Reasons Not To Be An Idiot
  3. Photosynthesis
  4. Substitute
  5. Better Half
  6. Love, Ire and Song
  7. Imperfect Tense
  8. To Take You Home
  9. Long Live The Queen
  10. A Love Worth Keeping
  11. St. Christopher Is Coming Home
  12. Jet Lag

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As with Sleep, I didn't play on this record. Ben and Frank holed up in a place called the Rat House for three weeks, with Ben again taking the role of engineer and producer. Nigel was there for quite a lot of it too, providing drums, percussion and keys. I still remember hearing the record for the first time (in the middle of the night while bolting seat frames together for a splitter bus!) and thinking "fuck, this is really good". I think the three of them, with the help of a fine mixing job by Tristan Ivemy, produced a really great record. There's a leanness to the arrangements and parts that allowed the songs breathing space to shine in their best light.

I really enjoyed the making of this album. To up the sound quality quotient I had bought a new ProTools system which Ben and Frank used to attack the material, much of which we had amassed and played in while touring Sleep Is For The Week.

I went down to The Rat House for two and half days for all the drums (I think we had anticipated more than that, but it went quickly), and then returned a week or so later to do the keyboards, percussion and my share of the backing vocals. There was a good atmosphere around the recording, not even dispersed when Frank, in a fit of ill-advised computer work, erased the drum takes of a song called Old Flames (which has consequently never seen the light of day).

Even though EKMB is close, I still think this remains my favourite album in Frank's repertoire. There's an economy and lack of ego throughout that means, even though I feel his songwriting has got better from album to album, the songs <i>sound</i> better on this album. Although the size of venues has rendered this inevitable, it is a shame that something like Prufrock (which I think on the album has a perfect arrangement) has got chubbier and busier and more bloated as time has gone on. But that kind of subtlety would be very hard to put across in an arena.