Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
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Universal acclaim- based on 345 Ratings

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  • Summary: Combine a singer who sounds more than a little like David Byrne, some solid indie-rock tunes, blurbs on all the right blogs, and a glowing review from Pitchfork and it all adds up to quite a buzz for this Brooklyn band's debut disc. Now all they need is a record deal.
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 100
    CYHSY is at the best point in the lifecycle of a band: un-styled, simply produced and deserving of the hype for what is -- quite possibly -- a nearly perfect album.
  2. Total immersion in the passion of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah reveals the true power of music as a means of artistic expression.
  3. I can tell that you are dubious, but I can assure you, gentle listener – these are the goods.
  4. An unpolished gem. [Feb 2006, p.104]
  5. So once you get behind the relatively unobstructive and emotive voice, what you have is the sound of NYC circa '77 pushed through the ramshackle indie filter.
  6. [Ounsworth's] weird quirks do grow on you, especially because the music backing him is so solid most of the time.
  7. Sadly, [Ounsworth's] lyrics are a letdown.... When the tunes are this good, it certainly feels like a wasted opportunity.

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  1. Negative: 19 out of 201
  1. Nov 14, 2011
    8
    Catchy and quirky from start to finish, The songs are full of melody, while the lyrics and song titles are weird. At times the singing style can grate a bit, but overall there isn't much I'd change about this record. I can't say this is the most original record ever as it's obvious throughout that the band are huge Talking Heads enthusiasts. Still it sounds fresh and different to most things out there. It's a shame the band haven't been able to get over the success they had with this, struggling on albums 2 and 3. An indie classic. Expand

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