"Be suspicious of simple answers," warns Frank Turner. "That shit's for fascists and maybe teenagers."
Be More Kind, the latest studio album from Turner, the prolific British post-punk/folk singer who occasionally lets his self-professed classical liberal views slip into his songwriting, is an intensely political record suffused with a sophisticated understanding of the current moment on both sides of the Atlantic.
As in his excellent previous work, Turner's witty songwriting is his best trait. He's winking even while being pissed off at everything around him on "1933," the album's best track. On "Make America Great Again" (yes, really), he gives bits of advice from an "ignorant Englishman" who wishes America's president and his role in the world were "a bit less significant."
But Turner isn't...