Frank Turner’s increasing popularity is showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon. With Wembley Arena under his belt, the Winchester-based singer/songwriter is preparing for a full UK tour, including a date at London’s 02 Arena.

Before that, the acoustic performer has released his Polaroid Picture EP, a mini album consisting of his single ‘Polaroid Picture’, his new song ‘Sweet Albion Blues’ and three covers.

Introducing the EP with its title track, Turner’s characteristic rusty croon portrays a misty-eyed story of capturing a moment in time. Opening as an acoustic song before exploding into a full band chorus, a powerful mood encapsulates the track.

With cover songs taking up three-fifths of the EP, it would seem the singer would transform these songs to fit in with his signature sound, yet, ‘The Modern Leper’, originally by Frightened Rabbit and a live performance of ‘Plea From A Cat Named Virtute’, originally by The Weakerthans, are instantly forgettable and replicate the sound of the originals too rigidly.

However Biffy Clyro cover, ‘Who’s Got A Match’, provides the backbone to the EP and is an instant highlight. A plucked acoustic guitar provides accompaniment to Turner’s stripped back vocals, his velvety tones interwoven around a piano, creating an eerily beautiful moment in the EP.

Concluding with new song ‘Sweet Albion Blues’, the fast-tempoed, patriotic mood is emitted from the bluesy guitar. With only an acoustic guitar accompanying Turner’s vocals, it pays homage to some of his earlier works and if played live, would go down a treat with a full band ensemble.

Niamh Moore

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