Frank Turner

Positive Songs For Negative People

If Frank Turner’s previous record Tape Deck Heart was the heartbreak, Positive Songs For Negative People picks him up off the mat and puts him back into the fight. Re-examining a broken heart is tough business, which Turner and producer Butch Walker ace on this dozen-song effort. Aside from the first singles (“Get Better,” “The Next Storm”), “Mittens” shines brightly, a song about an old flame that fit less like a glove and more like taping a trash bag to your hand. Also notable is “Song For Josh,” a fitting musical eulogy to a friend lost to suicide. (The tune was also recorded live at Washington D.C.’s famed 9:30 Club, where Josh worked.) Recovery isn’t easy, but Turner understands that it’s all about making the most of those first few steps back.