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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say YeahAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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It has been 10 years since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah started, and they’re about to release their fourth record, Only Run. Like the previous three, CYHSY will market and distribute the album independently. From the get go, this ethos struck a chord with fans, but it was merely an extension of lead singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth’s core belief: “The general rule is to be ... Read more in Amazon's Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Store

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CYHSY Inc.
  • ASIN: B000AOJHZA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 sold nearly 20,000 copies of its self-titled, self-released debut through the mail--and got nearly as many raves from enthusiastic MP3 bloggers, leading to an entry on Rolling Stone magazine's coveted Hot List. It's easy to feel skeptical, especially of an album that opens with a carnival barker imploring you to "Clap Your Hands!" But anyone that's felt the lure of bands such as the Arcade Fire and Interpol will want to keep listening. In vocalist Alec Ounsworth, this Brooklyn five-piece has found its own Jonathan Richman, a yelping madman that can sing things like "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth" with a straight face. Meanwhile, the music itself is typically unhinged and under-produced, taking an anything-goes approach that coasts on sheer exuberance and results in moments of profound clarity such as "Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away" and "Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood." A promising start but hold the applause. --Aidin Vaziri

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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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85 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly Pop Done Well (4.5/5) August 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm not always sure where my music choices come from, nor can I understand why I'm so adamant to analyze and defend them. Many music enthusiasts get downright ugly if you even hint at showing disregard for something they love, yet I guess that's just a distinct trait of those who take their music seriously. But for us jaded listeners that pledge devotion to the avant-garde and noise albums of today, is it still possible for us to like good ol' wholesome pop music?

New York's newest underground party pack Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is a band teetering on the fence of obscurity and stardom, with so much hype that even David Bowie is showing up to their gigs. Their self-titled (and self-released) debut is an album which will force even the most hardened listeners to throw in the towel. And it's about time!!! I, for one, have needed a great pop record for a very long time. This is perfect timing, too, because I've been pretty disenchanted with what's happened in 2005 so far.

On the album's intro, "Clap Your Hands," I'm reminded of what it might be like if Jack White sang during the 7th Inning stretch of a Cubs game. It swiftly leads into the first proper song, called "Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away," where we're met with perfectly paced pop and quaint, yet familiar sounding, vocals from Alec Ounsworth. While many are quick to dismiss him as Byrne derivative, I'm more inclined to compare him to a shakier live version of Thom Yorke. Nevertheless, I find Ounsworth to be quite original in terms of distinction, someone who will certainly make a name for himself in the months to come. His band mates better watch out, too.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLAP YOUR HANDS AND SAY THANKYOU!!! (4.5 really) September 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Forget about all the intellectualizing done in the other reviews that focus on how "bad" and "annoying" the singer is. What I know is that I'm an infuriatingly selective headphones junkie and I keep listening and listening and LISTENING to this record. So if you want to accuse Alec Ounsworth of something, accuse him of having the guts and brilliance to offer up something new, fun and heartfelt to a music world swimming in boredom, convention and vapidity. There are times when CYHSY are just about as exciting as the jumpiest Animal Collective songs but with lyrics you can actually decipher. Also the running time is perfect at just over thirty-seven minutes, observing the philosophy, "Do your best stuff and get the hell out." Bold and comfortable at the same time. Quite rare.
This is a record for the intelligent listener who'd rather feel music than talk about it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the vocals July 25, 2006
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It's simply a matter of taste. If you're looking for a melodic crooner with a sweet, spare lilt -- you're better off elsewhere.

But if you're open to a fresh, exciting, even rugged sound -- vocals included! -- you've GOT to spin this album.

I haven't been able to wrest it from my car stereo for months. I must have played it 70 times by now. One of those albums in which you know immediately which songs are your very favorites. And yet, a few more listens in, you've changed your mind completely and have fallen in love with two other songs. A dozen listens later and your favorites are two OTHER songs you hadn't even considered in the running before.

It's dramatic, it's exciting, it's innovative, and it's solid top to bottom. It's also well-layered. Beneath the impossibly catchy hooks, there's a gritty undercurrent of wild-eyed angst and consuming desperation.

These guys have talent packed right to the teeth and the album shows it all over the place.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unbelievable band March 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I can type a long review for this album but in short, this is an album that is just worth listening to. My range of taste in music varies and I was surprised that I would like this. The opening track, Clap Your Hands, threw me off at first but after the first 20 seconds of the album, you begin to see what a great album this is. This definitly ranks up to be one of my favorites of 2005. Check out, Wolf Parade, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Broken Social Scene.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This band is absolutely fascinating to me. I love to put on "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth" when I have company over because the song always becomes a conversation piece, absolutely refusing to fade in to the background. Once the singer starts in, nobody I know has been able to refrain from commenting, and if you ask me, that is a really good thing.

That is only one consideration though. It is also important to ask how much this band sacrifices for the sake of forcing a reaction from people (obviously I think the singer cracks his voice on purpose). I would say they sacrifice very little. Yes, the vocals are surprising and strange, but once the initial shock wears off , the style of the music actually benefits from the offbeat singing. The vocals construct the band as a sort of "everyman" group and, set on top of the danceable, pulsing music, they make the listener feel a certain intimacy toward the group. In other words, instead of listening reverently to someone who belts out songs with unusual virtuoso, you feel like you're listening to your friends beat out some dance tunes with real conviction.

To adress the issue of originality: Yes, this band draws obvious comparisons to Gang of Four, Talking Heads, etc. But really, are there any good, truly original bands nowadays? Good pop music, at the moment, is something of a pastiche art. It takes recognizable influences and runs them through some kind of filter to produce something that is identifiable but somehow new. Therefore, the best music can defamiliarize a style for the listener. It can take a common type of music and force you to look at it as if for the first time. This is exactly what Clap Your Hands Say Yeah does for me, and that's why I would say they are worthy of a listen. Just don't try to put them on as background noise.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan, period.
Just listened to album...first and last time. I'll try again in 3 or 4 years but not sooner. To much look stuff to listen to and no need to punish myself. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Cramer
5.0 out of 5 stars rare!
This is one of those albums you can listen to without skipping a song, even the instrumental song with the bike chimes is catchy.
Published 16 months ago by Frankthegdtank
5.0 out of 5 stars Say Yeah
The review saying the vocals are cracked and awful reminds me way back when I bought Neil Young's "Zuma" and the guy at the counter shook his head and said Neil couldn't hold a... Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by TH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Band!!
If David Byrne & David Bowie go to your gigs, then you are a great band, as is Clap your Hands Say Yeah. Even 6 years after its release, this is a very fresh sounding CD. Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by Phillip Pino
5.0 out of 5 stars All the pop, none of the guilt!
Do you regularly crave fun, up-beat, catchy songs, but just don't like the commercialism and marketing behind the bands that make that kind of music? Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by Braden E. Bost
5.0 out of 5 stars In this case, imperfection is made fun
If you are looking for serious music that offers up the voice of an angel, steer clear of this CD. However if you are weird, and enjoy upbeat sounds that inspire the dancing antics... Read more
Published on June 14, 2010 by Justice
5.0 out of 5 stars One Incredible and Addictive Album
I love this album and have probably listened to it 100 times in the first month I have owned it. It has catchy hooks and spacey and intelligent lyrics. Very original sound. Read more
Published on April 28, 2008 by SUPERMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Or Maybe!
Okay. You've got complaints, innuendos and charges of blatant rip-offs all over the place. Both Paul Banks (Interpol) and Tom Smith (Editors) are Ian Curtis (Joy Division)... Read more
Published on April 4, 2008 by Mark Champion
5.0 out of 5 stars Grower
When I first heard these guys in a friend's car a couple of years ago, my reaction was your usual "I like their sound, but I just can't get past those vocals. Read more
Published on February 13, 2008 by jeff!
4.0 out of 5 stars first listen
actually i still haven't made it all the way through my first listen yet, but this album immediately struck me as a kind of cross between the velvet underground and the talking... Read more
Published on January 17, 2008 by metronne
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