Turn - Forward
Turn are a classic example of a band who had too much too soon. A couple of years ago the likeable Kells trio were riding high, their early singles making them the darlings of the British music press. Since then, however, they've dropped from the spotlight, struggling to cope with the problems caused by a middling first album, a record company split and the defection of their bassist to Scottish rivals Idlewild. Now, with the long-delayed release of their second long-player, it's time to concentrate on the music again - and thankfully, there's more than enough here to remind us of why Turn created such a stir in the first place. Quite simply, the band rock as hard as any other in Ireland and, what's more, manage to invest their adrenaline-fuelled compositions with a real dynamism and emotional depth. On the downside they lack variety, their lyrics are occasionally a little hamfisted and singer Ollie Cole still needs to find his own distinctive voice. So, Turn have some way to go yet - but at least they're clearly headed in the right direction.
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