Be More Kind

Frank Turner - Be More Kind
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #246 / 719
User Score
Based on 34 ratings
2018 Ratings: #747
May 4, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Xtra Mile, Polydor, Interscope / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
God Is in the TV

Taking the somewhat bold step of addressing the issues that matter not only to Frank Turner, but millions around the world, Be More Kind is yet another fantastic collection from one of the UK’s most established and much loved artists.

80
NME

There’s plenty more evidence here that Frank remains one of our most consistently punchy, stirring and chaff-free songwriters – now, finally, with Something To Say Again.

80
The Independent

Be More Kind ... finds Turner at his most empathetic, and most accessible.

80
AllMusic

Be More Kind is musically inventive in its use of punk, folk, soul, and electronica but deceptively simple in its message, which is as complex as the times we live in.

80
Drowned in Sound

Overall, the album is thought-provoking and relevant. It’s an enjoyable listen and one which morphs and draws deeper messages with each listen.

80
Spectrum Culture
Few artists succeed at making the transition between the familiar that fans have come to love and their own aspirations as musicians. On this record Frank Turner is taking full advantage of his fan base and, like a Trojan horse, he’s sneaking in through the gates confidently with something rich in instrumentation, keys, electric guitar and strings.
80
PopMatters
Turner's past music often expressed political views with passion, but this time is different. He's not sloganeering or pointing fingers as much as personally engaging with the world in which he finds himself.
74
GIGsoup

On the whole, Frank Turner's seventh instalment is an evolutionary step in his musical career, a step which he should be admired for taking, as he has created an album with a simple yet clear message - treat people right and respect those around you to help make this world a better place for everyone.

70
musicOMH

The record is refreshingly honest and delivers a timeless message with passion and plenty of anthemic hooks.

60
Clash
Turner’s inconsistent seventh LP may not compare with the likes of ‘Love Ire & Song’ and ‘Poetry Of The Deed’ but a willingness to experiment paired with a deceptively simple message make it a decent, if unremarkable addition to his stellar back catalogue.
tha138
60
The british songwriter knocks our door for the seventh time, wishing to convince us that he steps steadily on the folk-pop field, guided by his brave spirit, which urges him, at the same time, to be more kind.
MySoftBulletin
45
I adore the album artwork

album sucks tho
50
Respect the effort to spread positivity but it comes off cliched and cringey far too much
76
Let’s be real, this isn’t the worst Frank Turner album. As a whole, it’s better than his last two albums combined. Frank’s been one of Folk’s sharpest songwriters for years, and he uses that and his wit to create a series of very positive and refreshing Folk tunes. Now, yes, there are some softer tracks on here where I feel like Frank’s age catches up to him, and there are a few boring tracks. But overall, for this point in his career, this isn’t ... read more
chunderz
69
Whilst Frank Turner consistently writes protest songs that inspire hope, as well as songs that reflect lessons learned throughout his life, 'Be More Kind' does this but it sounds more stale than anything else he has released and. Perhaps it is due to how obvious some of the songs are considering the current political climate.
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Track List

  1. Don't Worry
  2. 1933
  3. Little Changes
  4. Be More Kind
  5. Make America Great Again
  6. Going Nowhere
  7. Brave Face
  8. There She Is
  9. 21st Century Survival Blues
  10. Blackout
  11. Common Ground
  12. The Lifeboat
  13. Get It Right
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