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James J Turner / Press

“The lyrics are stunning and the music is a relentless torrent of splendid attraction .... an album full of stand-out songs full of life and verve.This album deserves to be heard in full, not dipped in and out of. From start to finish a real pleasure to listen to and wallow in the sense of pride, the charisma and fortitude that a great musician can bring.”

“Rating: 5/5 How Could We Be Wrong? really is one of the best albums that I have heard so far in 2012. Turner has a rich and almost hypnotic sound to his voice that suits this genre so well - not to mention that he is a great song-writer and all of his songs tell a powerful tale. There really is no weak song on this album. The production of this album has been kept incredibly simple as Turner has let his voice and the instrumentation do the talking. How Could We Be Wrong? is so right on every single level and there is an authenticity and a simplicity to it that makes it so easy to listen to it. Can’t wait to see what he does next. ”

“With a neat line in lyrics, a great sound crossing genres from folk, to blues, to American bar blues, and a great rocky vocal style James J Turner is a superb talent, and the music on this album is the sound of a strong mature musician, with a great sound.”

JRT - Classic Rock Society Magazine

“How Could We Be Wrong? from James J Turner is something special again, an album which quite simply puts most others into the shade. How Could We Be Wrong? is so organic sounding it is like it has been lived and breathed into existence. The tracks are diverse and continually shifting their stance, whether a more traditional folk breath, to a rock toned romp, or a punk edged brew, each one treats the ear to a natural and fluid presence to light up dark corners whilst evoking thoughts within new emotional shadows. The premise of the tracks stem from the heart of spirituality, people, and honest lives, as well as offering an affinity with nature, all enforcing the organic feel of the album. James J Turner has released in How Could We Be Wrong?, one of the best folk rock records of the year, probably the very best. A must listen release.”

“Very much a folk rock album with a definite Liverpool Irish flavour, it comes out of the stall in surging form with the rousing title track which, driven along by drums and fiddle, sits somewhere between The Waterboys and The Pogues .... Seven stand-out tracks more than warrant adding Turner to your library.”

Mike Davies - NetRhythms.co.uk

“Equally at home 30 years ago or tomorrow this is an album of timeless acoustic rock-tinged folk, made up of incisive songs that echo encounters and experiences blended with feeling and familiarity. This album reflects James J Turner's ... song writing skills, ability to dispense a good lyric and a rich, powerful voice. This is music that makes its mark - hard and deep. The opener ‘How Could We Be Wrong?’ is so right on every level .... and just to hammer home the point ‘Forever No More’ drives the intensity even deeper with its hymn to lost certainty, while ‘Gone Away’ offers more folk rock energy. ‘Silver and Gold’ hits a singular high spot with its searching passion and depth ... played live could easily attain anthemic status. ”

“The real greatness of ‘How Could We Be Wrong’ is that it is one of those albums that crosses generations of music. This is an album that will never sound dated.”

“Think somewhere between the Pogues and the Waterboys, a rousing folky-rocky concoction with super-strong, passionate (almost Bono-esque) lead vocal and a driving rhythm section underpinning a rootsy whistle/fiddle/mandolin/accordion front-line, giving their all on a set of original songs with an often distinctly anthemic bent. If that’s your bag, then the music of Liverpool-born singer-songwriter James J. Turner will be right up your street ...this latest collection is a vibrant and super-confident album that plays to James’s strengths as a musical communicator, making the very most of his gift for accessible melody and punchy arrangement. The supporting musicianship is first-class, delivering on all counts and firing on all cylinders .... it’s all quite irresistible, so How Could Anyone fail to warm to James’s music?”

“From the first bars of the opening title track “How could we be wrong?” I knew I would enjoy this album. The influences of his native city are imbued in his songs with driving rock rhythms combined effortlessly with a Irish folky feel. The instrumentation never dominates but always allows James passionate vocals to convey the down to earth authenticity and simple wisdom his lyrics bring. The songs have simple but memorable melodic lines with “Walk the Bridge”, “Forever No More” and “How Could We Be Wrong?” the stand out tracks for me.”

“James J Turner (has) passionate delivery, coming across like Mike Scott with a baseball bat on "How Could We Be Wrong?" the angry opening title track to his second album. The Liverpool singer-songwriter, with a considerable history on his home city's music scene and in various cult acts, returns to his acoustic roots on an album that illuminates the connections between Ireland and Liverpool (most especially on the big ballad "Once Upon A Time"). Broad swathes of fiddle, and mandolin, whistle and accordian plus a rocking rhythym section help propel twelve Turner originals delivered with a distinct, rough croon. Throughout, Turner delivers with an honesty and commitment, on songs that tear away at the greed of bankers and the wealthy ("Gone Away" and "Silver and Gold").”

Steve Caseman - R2 (Rock n Reel) Magazine

“.... where he comes into his own is on the cleanly picked guitar and cello led "Walk The Bridge" where the subtlety of the piece is striking ... There's no lacking in confidence in his tremendous, strident vocals unlike those displayed on 'reality' shows such as 'The Voice' where it's also obvious that his years of experience are displayed like a badge of honour. If you like your 'folk' music with a bit of oomph but also performed with integrity you could do worse than give this engaging piece of work a spin.”

Pete Fyfe - UK Folk Music Magazine

“The opening track is an energetic affair, How could we be wrong? asks Turner. How indeed, and you wouldn't argue with him ‘cause he doesn't sound best pleased. At the other end, the album closes out well with three quieter melodic tracks, Blow Away, Tomorrow's Another Day and best of all, Around The Next Corner. The folk influence is clearer and the accompaniments more lush. In between, the powers that be get a rightful kicking on Silver and Gold and there's a fulsome and pleasing low-note background on Beyond the Pain that tends toward the hypnotic. This is a musician who's done more than his fair share in front of a microphone returning to his roots. The album should have no shortage of takers.”

Les Pilling - NORTH WEST FOLK Magazine