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The Futureheads: 'Rant' Album review

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Released on Monday, Apr 2 2012

The Futureheads 'Rant'
It's not unusual for bands to throw a curveball out there a few albums into their career. A covers collection, some acoustic reworkings of past glories, a set of dub remixes. With their tingly vocal harmonies a key part of their makeup since day one, it seems like a natural step for The Futureheads to make their fifth album entirely a cappella.

They've mixed up some of their old tunes, a clutch of old-school folk numbers and some quirky modern pop choices. It's a wise decision. An LP filled with barbershop takes on their own stuff would get dull pretty quick. In truth, even this variety doesn't entirely succeed in holding your attention over the whole record.

That said, if you're a Futureheads fan, you will absolutely love this. The sound of Barry, Jaff, Dave and Ross's voices combining on songs like 'Meantime' and 'Thursday' is a silly delight.

Even if you're not one of the Sunderland band's followers, there are still things here that may grab you. The foursome's take on The Black Eyed Peas' 'Meet Me Halfway' turns an insipid boreathon from one of the most irritating brands in the history of pop into a disarming, melancholy lovesong.

The cover of Richard Thompson's 'Beeswing' might not get close to the original, but it does give it a load of fab, bouncy energy (complete with fingerclicks and handclaps) and no doubt a whole new audience.

Rant would have been better as a shorter mini-album or EP. Over its full length it does end up being a bit of a headache. Nevertheless, it's always nice to see a band trying something different and really chucking themselves into it. And if putting their instruments down for a moment helps remind a few people who had forgotten that The Futureheads are still around, then all the better.



Tracks to download: 'Meantime', 'Meet Me Halfway', 'Beeswing' 'The Old Dun Cow'
If you like this, you'll like: Flying Pickets, Out of the Blue, your local barbershop quartet

Watch The Futureheads 'The Old Dun Cow' music video below:

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