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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Audio CD
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4. Sunshine & Clouds (And Everything Proud)
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6. The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth
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8. Heavy Metal
9. Blue Turning Gray
10. In This Home on Ice
11. Gimme Some Salt
12. Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has stockpiled a mass of oft-trampled influences, including what amounts to a 12-course meal of in-vogue '80s acts. What's interesting is the manner in which the players assemble this source material. The Cure and The Smiths, for instance, are probed for neither nostalgic angst nor fashion cues. The Reagan-era creepiness that often surfaces when contemporary acts dabble in such sounds in curtailed by Clap Your Hands' apparent affinity for the Clean and other indie slouchers, to say nothing of the harmonica strapped in front of singer Alec Ounsworth's mouth. (Republicans play keyboards, but it takes a socialist to pull of the consecrated harmonica holder.) - Jay Ruttenberg Timeout NY.

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4.3 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars thumbs up Jan. 14 2012
Format:Audio CD
I don't know what I am supposed to review on Amazon...the product or the shipper? Of course I like the CD otherwise I wouldn't have ordered it. Price was reasonable from shipper and it arrived on time. Happy camper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait Oct. 5 2005
Format:Audio CD
A great lp from a future synth pop idie great.
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I knew of CYHSY because of the small buzz surrounding this record but I never paid much attention to it until my friend gave it to me to listen to. Well... let's just say I am completely blown away. I can definitely understand the comparisons to The Arcade Fire and The Talking Heads. I will add The Tragically Hip to that list as well.
If you are looking for the Funeral of 2005 then look no further than Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. It is musically similar and at the same time brighter and the lyrics also paint a much happier and carefree world. Without listing all the songs, the stand out tracks are LET THE COOL GOODNESS RUST AWAY, THE SKIN OF MY YELLOW COUNTRY TEETH, IS THIS LOVE, IN THIS HOME ON ICE, and UPON THIS TIDAL WAVE OF YOUNG BLOOD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Say yeah Feb. 23 2007
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At least twice a year, indie-rock buzz reaches a frenzy over some new, strange band, usually with a funny name and a sound that is different from any other new band.

This year, it's the turn of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's self-titled debut, which may have the most unbearably twee name of the year. But don't get hung up on that. Their music is what matters, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah evoke charming melodies, catchy tunes, and maybe a bit of the madcap carnival.

It opens with an imitation of a carnie, calling in an insane, unenthusiastic crowd. Singer Alec Ounsworth seems to be calling people in to enjoy the music, by telling them to "clap your hands!" over and over, with the crowd replying, ""But I have no money!/But it don't seem likely/Are you up to somethin?/Where's my milk'n'honey?/But I just look funny..."

It's a delightful intro, but a good album needs more than that. And it does just that, by quickly seguing into clean indie-pop with pulsating basslines. Then Ounsworth and Co. introduce us to some murky, fuzzy dance music, folk pop, sparkling indie pop with jangling guitars, and even a sort of sweeping twee synthy pop. It shouldn't fit together as well as it does, but the upbeat tone and sparkling melodies stick all these styles together.

One of the closest comparisons to this album is Arcade Fire's "Funeral" from last year, since both of them sport a unique sound and eclectic instrumentation. But where Arcade Fire is downbeat, these guys are resolutely weird, upbeat and cheery.

They also have a special way with creating catchy pop -- most catchy stuff is very simple and forgettable. But Clap Your Hands Say Yeah weave in layered guitars, toy piano, low-key bass and some buzzing, fuzzy synth with tight acoustic melodies.
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