What does it sound like?:
An overly simplistic description of Frank Turner would be: A Shouty Billy Bragg, without the politics (a bit reductive, but you get the idea) This is the sixth album from the Folk-Punk Singer Songwriter. Each album has contained songs ranging from the confessional, to the rabble-rousing all wrapped up in folk-punk story songs, complete with uplifting choruses, and heart worn firmly on his sleeve. (more below)
What does it all *mean*?
Since his debut releases, rolling through to last years ‘Tape Deck Heart’ I would suggest that some of the early urgency has been replaced by a more “considered” songwriting approach and more shine in the production department. Considered on it’s own, Positive Songs is a great little album – one that could happily be played at full blast and sang long to on a boring road trip, or commute. But by comparison to previous outings, it fails to hit the heights of ‘Love, Ire & Song’ or ‘England Keep My Bones’. I’m hoping the glossy production is confined to the studio, and Live he has lost none of the bombast. But on the evidence of this album, I now have to term him » Continue Reading.