Frank Turner – Undefeated

A testament to his unwavering spirit...

Frank Turner’s 10th studio album ‘Undefeated’ impresses from the start. Filled with fast-paced, catchy, rebellious undertones, his folk-punk-meets-pop lyrics showcase a more mature, unapologetic side to the 42-year-old’s repertoire.

From the opening track ‘Do One’, it’s clear Frank is back on form.  “Some people are just gonna hate you, no matter what you do” he snarls defiantly before insisting his listeners not to take anyone’s shit. It pre-empts the vibe of what’s to come. 

Second track, ‘Never Mind the Back Problems’, is a tongue-in-cheek nod to classic Irish punk-rock reminiscent of The Pogues and Dropkick Murphys. The instantly likeable 88-second track is over before you know it and demands repeat listens, preferably with a Guinness in hand. 

With subsequent rousing tracks such as ‘Pandemic PTSD’, ‘Letters’, and the Green Day inspired ‘Girl from the Record Shop’, ‘Undefeated’ is a testimony to his evolution as an artist. 

With a blend of folk, punk, and rock influences, the album showcases Turner’s signature storytelling and raw emotion. Each track is a heartfelt journey, filled with powerful lyrics and infectious melodies that resonate with the listener. From anthemic ballads to two-minute fast-paced punk tracks, his versatility shines through in every song. 

Self-produced by Turner, who keeps the production tight and gritty, he elevates the overall sound of the album, solidifying his status as a seasoned musician who continues to push boundaries and connect with fans on a deeper level. 

With ‘Undefeated’, Frank Turner delivers a raw and authentic energy that captures the essence of his musical journey and establishes his undeniable presence in the music scene. This album is a testament to his evolution as an artist and a reminder of the unwavering spirit that defines him.

7/10

Words: Mike Milenko

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