Frankie & The Heartstrings – Hunger

(or what we’ll call a very belated album review. For explanation see previous post! I am that lazy at the minute!)

As this is a local music blog, it would be incredibly rude not to mention the debut album of Sunderland’s new superstars, Frankie & The Heartstrings. So here’s what we at Sunderland Scene thought of it.

Having first seen Frankie and the boys on the Club NME awards tour last February, this album has been a long time coming. And it’s an album of polished pop gems.

With Edwyn Collins on production duties, we’re treated to a shiny new version of the single Fragile, ending with a sea of feedback and squalor. Transformed from the gentle wonder it was before, it’s now set to become a monster in their live shows. Also included is a new version of the boys’ perfect two-minute pop song Possibilities, previously only available on our tips for 2010 mixtape. The brisk dalliance into the world of love and all that could happen seems to be the perfect antidote to many of the mainstream love songs in the charts today.

Of the newer tracks Photograph and That’s Obvious stand out for me, thundering along just enough to make your feet move. The sheer romanticism in some of the lyrics often betrays the band, for example “You’re as pretty as a picture, so cute I’ve got to kiss you” but as soon as you listen you’re swept away into their world.

Recent single Ungrateful is one of the strongest tracks on the album and set to become one of the tracks of the summer, when Frankie and the boys are sure to take the festivals by storm.

This is an album of what British guitar music, and possibly British music in general, is missing right now: fresh, innovative and interesting pop songs. Alongside bands like The Vaccines and maybe even Brother, Frankie & The Heartstrings are resurrecting the guitar in its most unashamed form. Long live pop music.

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