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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 6 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sonic Unyon Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Clap Your Hands!
2. Let The Cool Goddess Rust Away
3. Over & Over Again (Lost & Found)
4. Sunshine & Clouds (And Everything Proud)
5. Details Of The War
6. The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth
7. Is This Love?
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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Format: Audio CD
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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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2007
Format: Audio CD
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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Format: Audio CD
"Clap Your Hands!" opens up the CD on a very distorted, circus-freak note and you may be telling yourself to hold on for the rest of he record if it's going to be anything like this.
Well, who knows where that song came from, because the rest of the CD doesn't follow quite the same layout. The band is tight in rhythm and not afraid to use their instruments to the harm of a common person's ear -- a rare trait shared by bands in the indie-rock/pop scene right now. Even if you can't stand the controlled chaos on this record, you have to respect how hard they work to make being strange this outwardly seem so easy.
There are tracks that are differently focused on as standout for everyone, but the most noticeably accepted being the warped alt-country tune, "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth." It speaks for itself just after one listen through. The warped buzz of instruments still keep their unspoken disconnect from Alec Ounsworth's intimidating vocals, but they seem more like a band at this time then on anywhere else on the record.
After repeated listens, though, the album starts sounding weird for the sake of weird, lacking in emotional connectivity or some greater message. The band seems more and more disconnected from Alec than he is from them. It's like they're scared to get too close. You can't forget that even they have roots in other nonsensical music, even while they are a creative, different, and viscously fun band.
If you're looking for a comparison, I'd look towards Neutral Milk Hotel's recently re-issued nineties classic, "In An Aeroplane Over The Sea." You could compare them to or you could say they're the answer to the aftermath of a very desolate place where all of those people who want a Neutral Milk Hotel reunion still live.
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Format: Audio CD
(though i've yet to hear the new broken social scene).
Ever since it's release this hasn't left my player, beautiful music layered so well (i'll draw the comparison to the talking heads). I suggest downloading a couple songs from their site. because somepeople can't get past the vocals, i think it's a love hate thing, and for me i have nothing but love for these new york indie rockers. The lyrics are brilliant and how they mold with the music blows my mind. From start to finish this is a great listen, this disc is an essential.
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