Bulging with sounds we have consistently fell in love with and new experimental ventures in places, FRANK TURNER has returned with seventh full length: BE MORE KIND. After well and truly breaking through the 2,000 gig mark since his last solo record three years ago, the punk-folk amalgamation addresses worldwide issues across thirteen massive hits.
Never a stranger to the stadium sounding anthems, but similarly never straying too far from a tracklist fit for an intimate ‘an evening with…’-esque show Turner mashes the two together with what can be described as ambitious. Coming in the middle of a run of sell out gigs and ahead of a four-night residency at London‘s famous Roundhouse; the album is “something different,” according to the man himself.
There is an obvious Frank Turner raspy stamp throughout, especially on the ballad Going Nowhere. Instead of going nowhere, though, Be More Kind is in fact a journey and would not be out of place if it was soundtracking Kerouac‘s On The Road. Where I Am Disappeared (England Keep My Bones, 2011) tells the tale of taking off and leaving passports by the bedside just in case, Going Nowhere reveals “I’m like your record player, I’m like an armchair, I’m going nowhere.” Don’t see this as an early indication that Frank Turner has calmed his shit down, though – an arena tour awaits The Sleeping Souls and he in January/February next year.
Perhaps this is the album that finally cements the arena-status – especially with lighter-lifting, arm-flailing There She Is which is certain to invoke a passionate response from everyone heading to the winter shows. The pop-laden Blackout is a particular highlight from Be More Kind. Lifted almost directly from 1985, electronic pulses surround the neon-charged anthem and create a new dimension to Turner‘s already eclectic collection.
Completely juxtaposing this sound, The Lifeboat is another gem from an album packed with gems, Delving deep into Turner‘s folk heritage and providing a blissful, therapeutic accumulation of plucky guitars and impressive strings; the constantly building and evolving clutches your heartstrings as the penultimate number.
To summarise, Be More Kind can be whatever you want it to be. If you are familiar with Frank Turner it can be the album your years of listening has worked towards. If you are unfamiliar, you can look back through his discography and see where his personal inspiration for each track comes from. Wherever you are at on your Frank Turner pilgrimage, Be More Kind has a strong message waiting for you.
FRANK TURNER – BE MORE KIND IS RELEASED MAY 4TH – PRE-ORDER HERE