Album Review: The Free Life by Turbowolf

Posted by Bianca on Friday Mar 9, 2018 Under Album Review

Reviewed by Marianne Brits-Strodl

It’s been almost three years since the Bristol rockers, Turbowolf released their last album and is due to release their third studio album, The Free Life on the 9th of March 2018. Was it worth the wait…? Most definitely! It might be their third, but could easily be mistaken for a debut album – that special one where the band puts everything they have into it and you couldn’t have anticipated what’s to come.

The Free Life by Turbowolf

The album kicks off with ‘No No No’ with high-pitched vocals and prominent guitars. Controlled chaos. The album maintains the high throughout with eleven tracks that alternate between heavyweight tracks like ‘Very Bad’ featuring Chantal Brown, ‘Domino’ featuring Mike Kerr from Royal Blood with impressive guitar riff and more toned-down rock tracks like ‘Half Secret’, ‘Last Three Clues’ and the acoustic final track, ‘Concluder’ that winds down the album. Joe Talbot from Idles features on ‘Capital X’ and Sebastian Grainger on ‘Cheap Magic’.

Every song is unpredictable and even after listening to the album a few times, each time felt like the first. There are build-ups, build-downs, altering vocals and epic guitar and bass riffs. Not the biggest fan of synthesisers, Turbowolf blurs the line between synth sounds and punk guitar – they make it sound good. My personal favourite track is ‘Domino’, but it’s difficult to say what songs stand out. Tracks one to eleven will be a fan favourite.

Just like their prior albums, this one is cutting-edge and pushes the boundaries. It’s fresh, radical, exciting, risky and recorded by musicians that are passionate about the music. But what is this even? Innovative punk? A punk revival? Heavy metal? Riff Rock? Its’ all the above and it works. Undoubtedly this album will be well received and can’t wait to see them live on stage next week. Well done.

The Free Life – released 9th March 2018

Track Listing:
No No No
Capital X (feat. Joe Talbot)
Cheap Magic (feat. Sebastian Grainger)
Very Bad (feat. Chantal Brown)
Domino (feat. Mike Kerr)
Last Three Clues
Up & Atom
The Free Life

Album Review: The Free Life by Turbowolf

Turbowolf UK Tour Dates 2018:

Mar 9 – Manchester Academy 3
Mar 10 – Stereo Glasgow
Mar 11 – O2 Academy 2 Newcastle
Mar 13 – Rough Trade Nottingham
Mar 13 – Rescue Rooms Nottingham
Mar 14 – Scala London
Mar 15 – Trinity Centre Bristol

Jul 12 – 2000 Trees Cheltenham

Tickets are available here.

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