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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the British singer-songwriter was produced by Joshua Block, Austin Jenkins and Charlie Hugall.

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  1. There’s plenty more evidence here that Frank remains one of our most consistently punchy, stirring and chaff-free songwriters.
  2. May 15, 2018
    80
    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.
  3. May 4, 2018
    80
    Overall, the album is thought-provoking and relevant. It’s an enjoyable listen and one which morphs and draws deeper messages with each listen. The moderate changes in sound only serve to highlight the poignance of the words through unassuming backing.
  4. May 4, 2018
    80
    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.
  5. Kerrang!
    May 10, 2018
    80
    Beautifully arranged and commandingly composed, Be More Kind is a great work from an expert in his craft. [5 May 2018, p.55]
  6. 70
    Be More Kind is another slight evolution in Frank Turner’s career. He takes some big steps and bigger lyrical swings, but ultimately you end up with reliable Frank Turner.
  7. May 14, 2018
    60
    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.

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  1. May 8, 2018
    3
    I've been through the album a handful of times now and the best way I can describe it is generic and disappointingly bland. Devoid of anyI've been through the album a handful of times now and the best way I can describe it is generic and disappointingly bland. Devoid of any genuine heart or purpose. It feels like another step down in Frank's race to the bottom to join the rest of the mass appeal, overly produced, top-40 radio plays. Most of the album fades into the background, failing to stand out or draw you in. The couple of tracks that do garner some attention have little in the way of substance and lack that feeling of being genuine that I feel used to make Frank's songwriting so stellar.

    Also, for an album that was supposed to feature a healthy dose of Frank's, typically very insightful, political commentary, everything feels very carefully prepared and presented. As if a PR firm carefully poured over the lyrics. Leaving just the few things that had the smallest potential to offend anyone's personal views. For a man who used to freely speak his mind and share his world views, this is the safest he's played it and he seems more and more reluctant to speak his mind the broader his fan base grows.

    All in all, if you can stream it from a music service you already subscribe to it's probably worth a listen, but it's not one I'd drop money specifically on and there's nothing from this album that I'll be adding to my regular rotation of Frank songs sadly.
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