Hunger - Frankie & the Heartstrings
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  • Summary: The debut album for the British band was produced by Edwyn Collins.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Mar 31, 2011
    80
    Favouring shamelessly blokey call-and-response hooks and not averse to "woos" and "woah-woah-woahs", these tales of love chased, lost and briefly enjoyed are delivered with an infectious enthusiasm and blessed with production by Edwyn Collins.
  2. 80
    Ten tracks of exuberant, blissful pop later and it looks like the Mackem lads have actually come good on their promise.
  3. Apr 6, 2011
    80
    Hunger's three-minute nuggets blend '80s guitar jangle with doo-wop harmonies, the nostalgic charm offset by the neurotic intensity of both the lyrics and frontman Frankie Francis's desperate vocals. [Mar 2011, p.104]
  4. It's essentially 1980s indie jangle with hints of Afro-pop and Northern Soul, carrying echoes of Orange Juice.
  5. Mar 31, 2011
    60
    It's a curious mesh, but what ties it together is the band's unquenchable enthusiasm, which makes the album a tonic for winter-dulled spirits.
  6. Apr 4, 2011
    60
    Don't Look Surprised strays into Killers Territory but the doo-wop strut of Hunger and calypso jangle of Photograph more than make up for it. A life-affirming debut. [Mar 2011, p.95]
  7. Apr 13, 2011
    60
    Edwyn Collins is the perfect producer to lend the jaunty jangles an edge of both darkness and charm. [May 2011, p.91]

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