Poetry of the Deed

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Poetry of the Deed
Studio album by Frank Turner
Released 7 September 2009
Recorded April - May 2009
Genre Folk rock
Length 56:35
Label Xtra Mile Recordings/Epitaph Records
Producer Alex Newport
Frank Turner chronology
The First Three Years
(2008)The First Three Years2008
Poetry of the Deed
Frank Turner / Tim Barry Split
(2009)Frank Turner / Tim Barry Split2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
BBC (positive)[3]
NME 8/10 stars[4]
Stereokill 4/5 stars[5]

Poetry of the Deed is the third studio album by London-based singer-songwriter Frank Turner, released on 7 September 2009. The album was released on Xtra Mile Recordings in the UK and Epitaph Records worldwide.

Unlike Turner's previous solo albums, Poetry of the Deed was rehearsed, arranged and recorded with his full band. In the album's liner notes, Turner states: "this album has been more of a collaborative process than on previous efforts, so first and foremost thanks are due to Ben Lloyd, Matt Nasir, Tarrant Anderson and Nigel Powell."[6]


After extensive touring behind the release of Love, Ire & Song in 2008, Turner began writing new material, with a few songs ("Live Fast, Die Old" & "Dan's Song") appearing at gigs in late 2008.

Before recording the album, Turner and his band played four gigs in Oxford in order to road-test 14 new songs. Turner kept fans up to date during the writing and recording of the album via his blog.[7]

The album was produced by Alex Newport. Recording took place at Leeders Farm in Norwich and the producer's own Future Shock Studio in Brooklyn, New York City.

The album's first single was "The Road" which received the status as 'Hottest Record in the World Today' by BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe on 14 July 2009. The title track, "Poetry of the Deed," was released as its second single.[8]

The iTunes deluxe version of the album includes four bonus acoustic tracks along with the music video for "The Road".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Frank Turner.

No. Title Length
1. "Live Fast Die Old" 4:16
2. "Try This at Home" 1:53
3. "Dan's Song" 1:57
4. "Poetry of the Deed" 3:25
5. "Isabel" 4:06
6. "The Fastest Way Back Home" 3:26
7. "Sons of Liberty" 4:28
8. "The Road" 3:58
9. "Faithful Son" 3:35
10. "Richard Divine" 3:49
11. "Sunday Nights" 4:04
12. "Our Lady of the Campfire" 3:59
13. "Journey of the Magi" 4:16
Total length: 56:35



  • Frank Turner - vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
  • Ben Lloyd - electric guitar, mandolin, vocals
  • Tarrant Anderson - bass guitar
  • Matt Nasir - piano, organ, keyboards, vocals
  • Nigel Powell - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Anna Jenkins - fiddle ("Sons of Liberty")
  • Marika Hughes - cello ("Faithful Son", "Our Lady of the Campfires")
  • Fergus Coulbeck - accordion ("Sons of Liberty")

Recording personnel[edit]

  • Alex Newport - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Dean Curtis - studio assistant
  • Chris Tabron - mixing assistant
  • Frank Arkwright - mastering


  • Chris Bourke - lino-cut
  • Alex Newport - band photopraph
  • Graham Smith - solo photograph
  • Ben Morse - live band photograph


  1. ^ "Poetry Of The Deed by Frank Turner". Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Poetry of the Deed - Frank Turner". 
  3. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/dxp2.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.nme.com/reviews/frank-turner/10851.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090912233939/http://stereokill.net/2009/09/10/poetry-of-the-deed/. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Poetry of the Deed liner notes
  7. ^ "Blog". frank-turner.com. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  8. ^ "Poetry Of The Deed by Frank Turner Songfacts". Retrieved 5 October 2016.