Frank Turner
Positive Songs for Negative People


4.0
excellent

Review

by Comatorium. USER (47 Reviews)
August 7th, 2015 | 45 replies


Release Date: 08/07/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An unbridled burst of positive energy and optimism, Frank Turner forgoes subtlety for fun on his 6th album.

Positive Songs for Negative People picks up right where the stellar Tape Deck Heart picked up, on the banks of the muddy thames. This time however, the english singer-songwriter comes armed with an unbridled sense of optimism and energy, presenting an album that is in stark contrast with his back catalogue that while excellent, could be quite a bummer at times.

“The Angel Islington” starts somberly with some light finger picking and Turner’s wistful waxing about his newfound resolve to start again before exploding into “Get Better.” One of his finest songs to date, the song raucously runs through its verse and chorus with the aforementioned unbridled and uplifting sense of positivity that permeates the bulk of the album’s tracks. The lyrics can be heavy handed, but in line with past songs like “Recovery,” the tracks unequivocally accomplish what they set out to.

“The Next Storm” is an E-Street tinged number that jangles along with playful piano notes and Turner’s ever present infectious vocal melodies and lyrical hooks, and continues the relentless onslaught of happiness. “The Opening Act of Spring” hearkens back to Turner’s earlier days with folk-punk acoustic guitar and vibrant mandolin leads taking the forefront, though the acoustic version by far eclipses the full band album version.

After “Glorious You” rounds out the most outwardly optimistic and exuberantly positive run of tracks in Turner’s discography, “Mittens” comes along at the right time to shift the mood a bit. The song is one of his finest, and breaks from the album’s prevailing theme by taking a look at a failed relationship with a simple but effective simile that will tug at the heartstrings of many a jaded lover. Beginning pensively and low-key, the track builds into an emotive finale with some of his most rousing and pained vocal delivery to date.

If one song sums up the mission statement of Positive Songs For Negative People best, it’s probably “Demons.” Another uplifting anthem, Turner proudly exclaims that “Life gave me demons but I made friends with the Devil so I’m invincible.” The line will resonate with people who have gone down the path of addiction or depression and prevailed to come out on the other side. Lines like these could lose context on some listeners and come off as overly boisterous, but it won’t hinder the album for those who need it in their lives right now.

“Song for Josh” closes out the album in exemplary fashion. An ode to a fallen friend, it was recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC where Josh Burdette worked and made memories with Turner during his many visits over the years. The song is one of the most heartfelt and sincere expressions of Turner’s entire discography, and will almost surely coax a few tears on first listen. The passion is clear in the singing, the lyrics, and in the crowd’s applause at the close of the tribute.


Positive Songs For Negative People embraces unbridled optimism and presents 12 tracks of uplifting, sincere, feel-good music. The sound continues to stray from Turner's acoustic folk punk roots and successfully veers into massive arena sized rock anthems about the upsides of life courtesy of backing band The Sleeping Souls. Lacks the lyrical flourishes, ambiguous metaphor, and extended prose that characterizes his finest works such as Love, Ire, and Song and England Keep My Bones, but PSFNP doesn't really call for it, anyway. Turn it up, sing along, look on the bright side of things, and enjoy.



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Comatorium.
August 7th 2015


4805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Fuck yeah. Best part of this album is that the entire thing is included in acoustic form, too. I didn't want to put too much bias one way or the other in the review, but some are definitely better in stripped down form.



But f'reals. God damn it's great to be alive.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2015


22991 Comments


can't say i'm surprised that you reviewed this haha. feels a bit like a track-by-track at times but it definitely gives the reader a good idea of what to expect with this album, pos.

definitely a feel-good record

Cygnatti
August 7th 2015


32299 Comments


fuckin hate this guy

Crawl
August 7th 2015


2445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Isn't it too early for a review? After two listens, the album is good, although not as good as the previous two.



Also, this guy looks so impossible to hate, seriously. Any particular reasons, Cyg?

Atari
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2015


22991 Comments


idk i think this is significantly better than tape deck heart

InfamousGrouse
August 7th 2015


4292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Reads like it was scribbled together a lil hastily tbh



This record is his worst since Poetry of the Deed

Crawl
August 7th 2015


2445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not a fan of the opener and the closer, while Recovery and Broken Piano were fantastic bookends. But that were just two listens, I'm seeing myself listening to this a lot, so it might change.

argonaut
August 7th 2015


818 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Man, the closing track is easily the best on here in my opinion, fantastic song.

InfamousGrouse
August 7th 2015


4292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's one of the better tracks yeah. Opener is easily the worst introduction to any of his LPs.

Comatorium.
August 7th 2015


4805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I had a couple hours between work shifts when I wrote this, i may come back to it after work and tinker. I tackled the songs that best represented the album, a couple I left out were some of the weaker ones like Love Forty Down, though I still like that song.



I know the album came out today, but I don’t think you understand how much I’ve listened to this the last few days.

Crawl
August 7th 2015


2445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My favorite so far is the one-two punch of Mittens and Out of Breath. The former sounds like a song from TDH while the latter is totally fresh.

Pangea
August 7th 2015


2713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Next Storm is great. Gotta check this

Comatorium.
August 7th 2015


4805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

out of breath is great, I like the punk energy

Crawl
August 7th 2015


2445 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Seriously though, I should listen to his older releases, only heard post EKMB

InfamousGrouse
August 7th 2015


4292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

get on the first 2 for sure

Atari
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2015


22991 Comments


"I don’t think you understand how much I’ve listened to this the last few days."

you have a frank turner avatar man, no explanation needed lol

Comatorium.
August 7th 2015


4805 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Love, Ire, and Song is the best thing he’s done. I also cant recommend the Mongol Horde album from last year enough. It’s incredible, and I might review it next because well because I want to.

SowingSeason
Moderator
August 8th 2015


25605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Album is so upbeat. Love the vibe I get from it.

Digging: Endless Heights - Vicious Pleasure

deathschool
August 8th 2015


22003 Comments


"Positive Songs for Negative People"

Sounds like something I need in my life.

WhiteNoise
August 8th 2015


3578 Comments


Out of breath could be a living end song.



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