Album: Frankie and the Heartstrings, Hunger (Wichita / Popsex)

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Hunger is a fine title for this debut.

Not purely because Frankie Francis looks like he could do with a meal, but because desire reverberates through the Sunderland band's music.

It's essentially 1980s indie jangle with hints of Afro-pop and Northern Soul, carrying echoes of Orange Juice, whose Edwyn Collins - perhaps swayed by the sincerest form of flattery - is producer. "Photograph" sets the tone, and "Fragile" proves F&TH aren't a one-trick pony.