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Everyone does Radiohead covers these days, so it’s no great surprise to come across a barbershop interpretation of the gloomsters’ No Surprises, complete with orthodox ringing chords and a lovely consonance through the voices. There are also songs by Imogen Heap and Randy Newman and a version of Eric Bogle’s heartbreaking All the Fine Young Men. Eoin Conway’s counter-tenor fulfils the role of a classical tenor, and he’s a star front man on several of these, but with terrific support from the other Irishmen. Barbershop isn’t easy to record – studios often lose some of the richer overtones you’d expect in a good back room – but this second album from the group is a technical as well as creative success.

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