No Man's Land

Frank Turner - No Man's Land
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Based on 4 reviews
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Based on 13 ratings
August 16, 2019 / Release Date
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Polydor / Label
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There’s no doubt that the stories of the women spoken about here are well worth telling, but you shouldn’t need to read a defensive blog post to work out what it’s all about, and on listening to the record, their voices are consistently overshadowed by Turner’s. Should’ve just made us a Spotify playlist instead, mate.
The Independent
It’s frustrating to think that, because he didn’t know about these women, he assumed they don’t have significance for others. Well, they do, and I can only imagine that most of them would prefer he left them alone. This isn’t so much “No Man’s Land” as extreme mansplaining.
I've given a lot of thought to this album. Although I don't agree with the "mainsplaining" argument I do believe the album is not a masterpiece. However, it has good moments (IMO Lioness is a great track) and has helped to push these stories to new audiences, which is Frank's ultimate goal for this record.
Music is good at points but should really be titled “mansplaining: the album”. Frank turner can do better
I have loved Frank's music since I was in high school. However, this is easily his worst album. While I think the idea behind the album had good intentions, it resulted in shallow lyrics. Additionally, I feel as though one should not have to read a saga's worth of defensive writing explaining exactly why you wrote something. If the lyrics or message were clear, thought-provoking, or interesting to begin with, the explanation wouldn't be necessary.

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I appreciate the thought behind it, but this album is insufferable.
If I need anyone to "Mansplain" things about women, I have the unsophisticated Larry to do that. And this album made me bring him up, so that docks a lot of points.
Frank is far better than that, but I'm afraid this is his worst album to date.
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Track List

  1. Jinny Bingham's Ghost
  2. Sister Rosetta
  3. I Believed You, William Blake
  4. Nica
  5. A Perfect Wife
  6. Silent Key
  7. Eye of the Day
  8. The Death of Dora Hand
  9. The Graveyard of the Outcast Dead
  10. The Lioness
  11. The Hymn of Kassiani
  12. Rescue Annie
  13. Rosemary Jane
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