After Turner’s 2011 release England Keep My Bones, it catapulted Turner into the spotlight. Seeing him headlining festivals and even playing the pre-show to the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. The pressure was then on to deliver a follow up just as good. This came in the form of the deeply personal and in places sombre Tape Deck Heart. Now Frank has returned with his sixth studio album Positive Songs For Negative People.
The very first thing noticeable about this release is that the title is relevant to the record, moving away from the tales of heartbreak and self harm that his previous record, Positive Songs is filled with just that, positive songs. Though Turner stays with his personal style, it feels like he has worked through his troubles and emerged the other side. With lyrics like “I’m trying to get better, cus I haven’t been my best” and “I took a battering, but I’ve got thicker skin and the best people I know are looking out for me”, from Track 2 Get Better, Turner displays his personal voice is strong as ever but coming from a positive place.
The big question however is has Frank altered his sound of dancing between acoustic folk and fast and furious punk? And the answer is… of course not. Though many artists seem to distort their sound after a number of albums, Turner clings hard to his punk rock roots. With songs like Out Of Breath, its manic low-fi sound mixed with the high tempo and Frank’s fierce voice it shows clearly that he hasn’t lost his touch in the slightest. It also features a piano that sounds like it’s being played by Doctor Teeth from the Muppets resident band Electric Mayhem which makes it sound fun despite the tracks serious tone. Though what marks it as impressive is that it still does not sound out of place on an album that also features the track The Opening Act of Spring. A track filled to the brim with mandolins and snare drum shuffles.
All in all, Frank has knocked another one out of the park. It is as moving and relateable lyrically as any of his past releases, and musically The Sleeping Souls don’t let anything feel repetitive.
Rating: 7 Slices out of 8
Reminds Me Of:
That feeling when you wake up after a horrible night then remember you have leftover pizza in the fridge.