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  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nul Recordings
  • ASIN: B007BNCVDS
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Meantime
2. Meet Me Halfway
3. Robot
4. Beeswing
5. Thursday
6. Sumer Is Icumen In
7. The Keeper
8. The No. 1 Song in Heaven
9. The Old Dun Cow
10. Acapella
11. Man Ray
12. Hanging Johnny
13. Heartbeat Song

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BBC Review

Okay, so it’s a stunt album, a collection of a cappella songs, none of which have been written especially for the project. And on paper, the running order is a hotchpotch, Rant surely the only album to ever find equal space for Meet Me Halfway by The Black Eyed Peas, The No.1 Song in Heaven by Sparks, and the 13th century traditional English round Sumer Is Icumen In. A regular Futureheads record, then, this certainly is not.

As if to pre-empt any criticism of the project, the band has issued a series of flinty press statements, rightly pointing out their long history of inspired close harmony work. Barry Hyde summarised the band’s position by stating firmly: "A Futureheads fan who doesn’t get Rant is not a Futureheads fan."

Top marks, then, for conception, and commitment. But does the world really need an indie Flying Pickets? Well no, probably not. Thankfully, the band’s natural gusto and intelligence quickly dispels that thought. There’s too much fun to be had as they hurtle pell-mell through some of their own best songs – Robot, Meantime – as if their mouths are guitars, and even manage to keep their original yelped harmonies going as well. It’s a gripping ride: a four-man one-man-band.

The middle section of the album is devoted (with a brief Sparks interlude) to historic folk song, as if reminding listeners that this is also a continuation of a fine old tradition. But not all of the peaks are old. Acapella, the Kelis song that started the whole project off (the band worked up a version for a Radio 1 Live Lounge session in 2010), brings a caffeinated charge to proceedings, a tight focus after the boozy swagger of The Old Dun Cow. Then there’s the sparky retwizzling of Richard Thompson’s Beeswing: given a remarkably ornate arrangement that tells a sad story through gritted teeth, while voices spiral around each other like a flock of starlings.

So while Rant may be a stunt album for The Futureheads, it’s an exhilarating stunt, and one that more than whets the appetite for whatever it is they choose to do next.

--Fraser McAlpine

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Galloping Foxley on 27 April 2012
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The idea of an acapella album by an indie band may well raise a few eyebrows but it works so well.

A mixture of covers and old Futureheads numbers, at just over half an hour long it doesn't outstay its welcome and there is a surprising amount of variety considering the obvious limitations with this kind of thing, which is certainly helped by the eclectic choice of songs.

Its an album that will appeal not only to Futurehead's fans but older generations as well. Don't let the acapella thing put you off. Its well worth giving a go.
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This is a great, unexpected little album which you could play to your grandad and your little kids and they'd all enjoy it.
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By M.A Millinery on 5 May 2013
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Rant is something really different. A mixture of modern and traditional songs sung acapella, it's great listening and the voices are incredible. I would highly recommend it.
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By Black Cat on 1 Dec. 2012
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A clever, well delivered album from Sunderland's finest. Different from all previous albums in that it is totally
a capella which highlights the Heeds melodic tones even more than usual. Excellent.
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