Album: Miike Snow, Miike Snow, (Columbia)

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Miike Snow is not a man. Miike Snow is, in fact, two men: the band alias of Swedish duo Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, whose CD sleeves are annoyingly damage-prone cut-outs of the mythical jackalope.

The content is equally unusual: a sly juxtaposition of ultra-melodic pop with sombre lyrics that's as spiritual as Cat Stevens one moment and strutting about like Britney Spears the next. This startling debut is the album the Flaming Lips should have made this time round, and a whole lot more besides.