Hunger - Frankie & the Heartstrings

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 6, 2011
    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]
  2. 80
    Ten tracks of exuberant, blissful pop later and it looks like the Mackem lads have actually come good on their promise.
  3. Mar 31, 2011
    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.
  4. Dec 9, 2011
    The new wave funk of "Ungrateful" and the Franz Ferdinand-esque "It's Obvious" shows the bandmembers aren't averse to the odd indie disco anthem, but the album is much more convincing when it embraces the spiky romanticism of the group's obvious influences.
  5. Mar 31, 2011
    Even when tracks pass without too much of an impression left, the listener is never without a smile on their face--there's simply that much fun on show.
  6. It's essentially 1980s indie jangle with hints of Afro-pop and Northern Soul, carrying echoes of Orange Juice.
  7. Apr 13, 2011
    Edwyn Collins is the perfect producer to lend the jaunty jangles an edge of both darkness and charm. [May 2011, p.91]
  8. Apr 4, 2011
    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]
  9. Mar 31, 2011
    While there are some moments of transcendentally dazzling pop nous on display on Hunger, it is, fundamentally a cosy, harmless record in a retro stylee, made by an all accounts pleasant bunch of musicians who have enjoyed a fairly smooth --by today's standards--ride to where they are now.
  10. Mar 31, 2011
    Any one of these songs has the potential to be a dance floor filler and that's what they've been designed for. There is nothing too original here, nothing big nor clever neither, but then if you like guitars and songs about teenage love you're going to be well catered for.
  11. Mar 31, 2011
    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.

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