Album: The Futureheads, Rant (Nul Records)

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The most famous moment of The Futureheads' most celebrated song – a cover of Kate Bush's "Hounds of Love" – is its a cappella intro, so the idea of the Mackem quartet recording an a cappella album isn't too much for the imagination to handle.

Rant sees them coming on like a post-punk Kings Singers, tackling songs by Kelis, Black Eyed Peas and Sparks as well as Trad Arr folk standards; while their own "Thursday" employs 10cc-style multi-tracking. Wonderful.