English singer-songwriter Frank Turner today (23) lands his fourth consecutive top three placing on the UK album chart. His eighth set No Man’s Land, released by Xtra Mile/Polydor, debuts at No. 3 on the just-published Official Charts Company album survey.
Turner first flickered onto the chart just over ten years ago when Love Ire & Song/The First Three Years spent one week on the countdown, at No. 72. Later that year he made the top 40 of the chart for the first time when Poetry Of The Deed reached No. 36.
England Keep My Bones continued the momentum with a No. 12 peak in 2011, before the breakthrough of 2013’s Tape Deck Heart. It debuted at No. 2 and spent an aggregate of 17 weeks in the UK top 100, still his longest run. In 2015, he repeated that debut with Positive Songs For Negative People, which was only outsold that week by Dr. Dre’s Compton. Last year’s Be More Kind started at No. 3.
The new album is named for the fact that it features an all-female list of musicians and tells the stories of 13 women whose lives have been unduly overlooked. Turner has been giving the background to the record with his 13-episode Tales from No Man’s Land podcast series.
He says of No Man’s Land: “It’s bringing together my two main interests in life, which have always been separate from each other — history and songwriting. It’s not telling anyone what to do or how to live or how to be. No-one else is writing these songs right now. That’s why I want to share these stories.”
Turner’s summer UK shows have this month included an appearance at Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival on 9 August. He plays Greenbelt Festival on Sunday (25) and will start an extensive North American tour on 8 October, before another set of UK dates from 22 November. That schedule ends at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre on 3 December.