Tape Deck Heart - Frank Turner
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Tape Deck Heart may not be quite as good as the phenomenal England Keep My Bones, but it’s a quality release with excellent lasting value that will be a mainstay on album of the year lists in 2013.
  2. Apr 22, 2013
    70
    Turner's big expressive voice and gift for everyman poetry loom large over the proceedings, but there's a newfound musical effusiveness at play here as well, due in part to some tastefully simple yet sharp production from Rich Costey.
  3. Apr 18, 2013
    90
    At its core, Tape Deck Heart is the kind of record we've all always wanted Frank Turner to make. [May 2013, p.83]
  4. 80
    Tape Deck Heart [is] the kind of album that doesn’t just tell us what it feels like to have your heart cut out, it practically puts us on the operating table during the surgery – which, of course, happens before the anesthesia kicks in. And he does it so well, we willingly bleed right along with him.
  5. Apr 22, 2013
    50
    The reality though is that your ability to get on board with this record will depend more or less entirely on how you feel about its lyrical content.
  6. Apr 18, 2013
    70
    This is not a record for the fair-weather Frank fan, rather one in which he sticks to his story with the stubbornness of a mule.
  7. May 20, 2013
    60
    There's undeniable joie de vivre to the airpunching I want To dance but his "doing it for the kids" rhetoric and propensity to wallow in rose-tinted nostalgia gets a little corny. [Jun 2013, p.92]
  8. Apr 30, 2013
    60
    Long and short, it’s hit and miss.
  9. 80
    An intensely personal record, the process of listening to the dozen tracks here is as intimate--and sometimes as uncomfortable--as reading pages ripped straight from Frank's diary.
  10. Apr 23, 2013
    65
    The trouble isn’t with Turner’s songwriting overall--Tape Deck Heart has more than its fair share of strong songs. The trouble is the absence of the sort of fist-pumping anthem that earned Turner so many fans to begin with.
  11. Apr 22, 2013
    80
    The production reveals his reckless yearning for more and contradictory desire for the safety of domesticity through its very slickness and reinforces the theme of Turner’s lyrics in this way. It’s a need trick, and Turner, his band, and Costey pull it off very well.
  12. 70
    Unfortunately, Tape Deck Heart is not his strongest offering as a whole, but it features a number of fantastic tracks that could conceivably be "hits" and will surely become live staples.
  13. Apr 18, 2013
    60
    Wisely, everything is as it was. [May 2013, p.111]
  14. May 8, 2013
    70
    His fifth LP blooms with crisply enunciated patter about bandmate bromances and childhood memories of cutting himself, with liberal squirts of acid.
  15. Apr 23, 2013
    92
    This is much more of a traditional rock record than anything else Frank has done, and that’s a good thing because it means that it’s probably the most consistent album he’s made.
  16. Apr 23, 2013
    75
    Tape Deck Heart might be a far cry from Turner’s strident acoustic punk roots, but his brutally honest self-reflection and unflinching romantic analysis elevate the record into something just as meaningful.
  17. Apr 18, 2013
    80
    While this is a more philosophical, even tender Turner than we're used to, everything is crafted with his usual love and care, and delivered with fire and conviction.
  18. 60
    It's punk-folk pop with its heart on its sleeve and urgency overwhelming reflection, closer to Green Day than, say, Leonard Cohen.
  19. Apr 29, 2013
    60
    Tape Deck Heart is curiously parochial, betraying an obsession with London, from Shoreditch to Battersea power station and the late Charing Cross Road Astoria.
  20. Apr 19, 2013
    80
    Tape Deck Heart unfolds as an album of emotional revelation, full of elegantly melodic, perfectly formed, lyrically astute songs that always find that little bit extra.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. BKM
    May 3, 2013
    8
    There aren't as many as invigorating, reach for the sky ballads as on his last album, but that doesn't mean that this is a rock record that fails to rock. Tape Deck Heart is a rich and melodic set of folk/punk tunes dealing with Turner's usual themes of heartache, hope, redemption and the saving grace of rock and roll. Full Review »