“We’re definitely going to hell, but we’ll have all the best stories to tell!”

It’s been 10 years since Frank Turner took the plunge and released his first solo record Sleep is for the Week.

This week he has released a special anniversary edition – and of course we picked up a copy of the beautiful 12″ etched LP.

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Picture: Kelly Roberts

It may have been released in 2007, but the album hasn’t dated one bit and sounds as fresh as as it did the day it first came out.

Especially tracks such as Once We Were Anarchists, which sounds as relevant now as it ever has.

Sleep for the Week documents one year of Frank’s life, detailing a young man gradually finding his way through the torrid and tedious day-to-day, desperately seeking something else.

Testament to the album’s quality and impact, the final song on it has become one of his most memorable and beloved among fans, ‘The Ballad of Me and My Friends’ recorded live at the Camden Barfly in London.

This was, for many, the touchpaper and rallying cry to join the magnificent following Frank has garnered since 2005.

The great bonus feature on the album is the demo disc – featuring unheard stripped back version of Romantic Fatigue, The Real Damage, Wisdom Teeth, Sunshine State, This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The One Of Me, Longing For The Day.

There is a distinct difference in Frank’s voice from 2007 compare to on 2015’s Positive Songs for Negative People.

There have been 5 studio albums since then, and it must be said he sounds like a fresh youngster on SFTW. This is not to say it has changed for the worse, but it certainly sounds a bit more gravelly these days.

Frank has consistently delivered good records over the years, and it’s great that the starting point of his solo career should be celebrated with this special release.