Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
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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. PatK.
    Aug 30, 2008
    Peter W You have no heart or soul... his voice is perfect for this music/album. This CD is AMAZING.
  2. nathonr
    Sep 22, 2005
    An inventive and pleasing album. It screams to be listen to over and over. I've played it for all my friends and co-workers and most of them have gone to pick up the cd for themsleves. Simply mind blowing, daring, and creative. Expand
  3. scottr
    Dec 16, 2005
    Best Damn CD I have heard this year. For all those people that say that the lead singers voice sucks....It is the worse voice that I am grateful to hear. This band is original and makes you wanna listen to new music agian. If you dont like it then go listen to Nickelback and put a bullet through your left testicle. Expand
  4. PedroC
    Jul 15, 2005
    Great great great great album!!!!!!!!! Will be on my top 10 albums of this year!
  5. EffE
    Oct 13, 2005
    This is a great first album. Reminds me of R.E.M. first albums (Chronic Town and Murmur). The bass line is always lound and melodic and Ounsworth doesn't pretend he can sing. The tunes are really good too, especially The Skins of my Yellow Country Teeth and Heavy Metal. It really sound fresh. Expand
  6. NickS
    Jan 5, 2006
    Okay, for whatever reason this album has been hyped to death, it's not for its songcraft. Most of these songs are terribly simplistic four-minute, three-chord numbers, with very little dynamics. No key changes, no rhythmic variations, no bridges. The vocal melodies are terribly uninteresting. However, the guy's voice itself is pretty unique. I suspect that's the real reason for all the glowing reviews. So I give this album a 7 because it's fun and easy on the ears. But it's not terribly original or creative, and in five years I highly doubt you will see this on any "best of the decade" list. Expand
  7. rubberrubby
    Jun 30, 2005

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