Positive Songs for Negative People

Frank Turner - Positive Songs for Negative People
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2015 Ratings: #595 / 776
User Score
Based on 29 ratings
2015 Ratings: #421
August 7, 2015 / Release Date
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Xtra Mile / Label
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Alternative Press

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.

A.V. Club

For his sixth album, Turner opted for a career-spanning effort, swinging from quiet solo acoustic songs to electrified punk, unafraid to go poppy at the right moments or offer a somber elegy to a departed friend.


Emotional equilibrium restored, the rest of ‘Positive Songs…’ finds Frank dancing around his faults and failings, bound for even greater glories.

Consequence of Sound

Turner is not as interested in moving forward as he is in looking back and consolidating everything he’s done up to this point. It’s no mistake that this album’s title could apply to anything from his catalog.


Unfortunately, the album’s biggest strength also holds it back from ranking among his finest, as the overarching optimism makes the record feel slightly thin and superficial compared to his previous offerings.


Turner leaves behind considerable wreckage with Positive Songs—in ways both cathartic and clumsy. And as usual, he goes down swinging.

The Guardian

Perhaps the gaucheness on display is part of Turner’s vast appeal, which is predicated not on mystical star quality but ordinary-bloke charm and earnestness: he always sounds as if he means it, even when he’s bellowing lyrics that anyone else would find impossible to sing without arching an eyebrow.

Rolling Stone

Maybe subtlety's not his thing, but Turner's got a goofy kind of grandeur.


Perhaps it’s even a more accessible album for smoothing off the edges and toning down the vitriol, but it’s also largely forgettable in a way that Frank Turner’s best could never be accused of.

Drowned in Sound

This is Turner’s most staid and uninvolving work to date, suggesting that some of the filler that clogged up 2013’s decent enough Tape Deck Heart was a sign of things to come. 

After constructing a record about heartbreak that was enough to make the toughest person feel second-hand remorse, PSFNP does exactly what it says on the tin. Any self-professed cynic will find themselves drawn in by the snarling guitars and folk-rock genius of certain tracks, showing that Frank is arguably the most talented Turner in the business.
The Angel Islington - 5.0
Get Better - 8.5
The Next Storm - 8.0
The Opening Act of Spring - 7.0
Glorious You - 9.0
Mittens - 7.5
Out of Breath - 5.5
Demons - 6.0
Josephine - 6.5
Love Forty Down - 6.5
Silent Key - 5.5
Song for Josh - 5.5


Final rating: 67%

Comments: A more 'glass half-full' effort compared with Frank's previous release, but while the general tone is more uplifting there is still quite a lot of filler, particularly in the second half of the album.
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/The Telegraph

Track List

  1. The Angel Islington
  2. Get Better
  3. The Next Storm
  4. The Opening Act of Spring
  5. Glorious You
  6. Mittens
  7. Out of Breath
  8. Demons
  9. Josephine
  10. Love Forty Down
  11. Silent Key
  12. Song for Josh
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Added on: June 18, 2015