Frank Turner England Keep My Bones (Xtra Mile)
MR Turner crops up in some unlikely places.
Take Download festival the other week – there, among the likes of Alice Cooper and Def Leppard, the troubadour was headlining the third stage. It is testament to the rapid riser’s amiable, honest nature as well as songs with bite that he is able to play just about anywhere and hold attention.
The contents of this fourth record look set to win his post-Bragg rabble-rousing more fans. Turner is a feisty performer whose raw, earnest nature comes across in spades.
Simple Plan Get Your Heart On! (Atlantic)
ALSO on their fourth album, and surely more likely candidates for Castle Donington, is this Canadian outfit.
Bristling with air-gulping pop rather than punk, the quintet tender bouncy guitar-drizzled, funsize songs such as lead single Can’t Keep My Hands Off You and Jet Lag, featuring Natasha Bedingfield, in case you wondered where she’d got to. Astronaut breaks up the party a little, and while there’s nothing here to reinvent the wheel it is proof the simplest plans can sometimes be the most rewarding.
Nerina Pallot Year Of The Wolf (Polydor)
AFTER raising her profile vicariously – writing for the likes of Kylie and Diana Vickers – the songstress with beauty and brains returns with an album that immediately saunters into your senses, first single Put Your Hands Up oozing classic styling.
Turn Me On Again is a simple pop song from a woman who has sometimes complained about people over-simplifying her art.
Butterfly and I Think are true treats from this Jersey gem.