Album: Everything Everything, Man Alive (Geffen)

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You have to admire the sheer originality of "pop's new Picassos" (NME).

Because while EE sound in snatches like ELO, 10cc and XTC, what this four-piece have really gone and done is melded the art-rock smartness of Franz Ferdinand to the student-disco floor-filling sound of, say, Scissor Sisters. It's all very clever-clever and in a world of Kasabian that must be applauded. A little too sure of their own ingenuity? Perhaps. A tad too willing to fly into falsetto? For sure. But as debut albums go, this is mightily impressive.