Frank Turner – Positive Songs For Negative People £16.99 – Heavyweight LP (Released 7th August)

Frank Turner will release his next studio album on August 7th through Xtra Mile Recordings and Polydor Records. “Positive Songs For Negative People” is the singer-songwriter’s sixth album and the follow-up to 2013’s critically-acclaimed “Tape Deck Heart”. It was made with his trusted backing band The Sleeping Souls and produced by Butch Walker in Nashville. “I feel like this record is my definitive statement, a summation of the first five records,” says Turner. The first taste of the album is the single ‘The Next Storm’ which is available as an instant download for fans who pre-order the album on iTunes. The video for ‘The Next Storm’ features Turner in the boxing ring with CM Punk, the longest-reigning WWE Champion of the modern era.

It has been an eventful decade for the troubadour from Winchester who now resides in Holloway, North London. Turner released his debut album, “Sleep is For The Week”, in 2007 and has been on a stunning upward curve ever since. He is now one of the country’s most cherished songwriters, a man who plays the biggest venues in the land and whose records reach the higher echelons of the charts but who has never lost sight of his original MO: write, record, tour, repeat.

As he turned his attention towards his sixth album at the tail-end of 2014, Turner thought back to his debut. “When a band makes a debut record, there’s a freshness and excitement to it that bands often lose as time goes by,” he says. “I wanted to try and make a record with that young, exciting feel.” The idea was that Frank and his band would capture the exhilarating thrill of their live show. After a period of writing and perfecting the songs at a rehearsal studio in Oxfordshire, they headed to the US to work with Walker for an intense nine-day recording session in which the album was completed. “Pretty much all of it is live. The end result is everything I wanted it to be,” he says.

Like much of Turner’s work, it is a record that takes Life’s Big Issues – triumphing over the darkest adversities – and places them inside a mix of beguiling, intricate vignettes and sweeping anthems. Josephine is a punky singalong and Mittens is a fist-clenched song of defiance whilst tracks such as Glorious You and Demons pack a bittersweet emotional punch. That it begins with The Angel Islington, a tribute to North London, and ends with Song For Josh, a touching eulogy recorded live at the 9.30 Club in Washington, is an apt reflection of the journey Frank Turner has made over the past 10 years. He has made homes from home, and formed strong bonds along the way. “Positive Songs For Negative People” is Turner at both his most reflective and celebratory.

 

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