The songs for Turner’s new record came over a four year period, resulting in collaboration with Bowie alumnus, guitarist Gerry Leonard. The impulse for the record can be found in its title, using “a negative out of context with the positive”, something that is a recurrent theme on Terrible Good, that sense that life always contains a duality.
Musically, this duality is born out in many ways. For example, on Love Never Fails, where Leonard’s guitar resembles an oboe. A highlight of the album, with its shanty-like sway, and scuzzy rock underpinning, it plays like a worn Irish ballad, stumbling out into the 21st century light, with its resonant message about hope being worn as a “crown”.
RTE radio 1 album of the week february 25th 2022 pierce turner - terrible good