Frank Turner has always been a man of the people. He has a unique gift for writing full-throated singalongs which sound just as good in your car as they do in a jam-packed concert hall. Be More Kind, Turner’s seventh solo offering, arrives at a time when the people are divided like never before and represents his attempt to reconcile a generally positive worldview with an increasingly negative world. Though his heart is firmly set in the right place and his message is typically insightful, Be More Kind doesn’t manage to be much more than the sum of its parts; a solid (if mostly forgettable) outing that doesn’t quite rise to the challenge of our times.
But what challenging times. Donald Trump’s tiny fingerprints are all over the record (see track five,