Hysterical - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Sep 26, 2011
    90
    As good a distillation of pop's best qualities as I've heard all year.
  2. Sep 20, 2011
    88
    Hysterical is built for the long haul, and it appears, after a patch of rocky terrain, that Clap Your Hands are too.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Sep 22, 2011
    7
    The beauty of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was the seemingly random lifts and drops of two fantastic albums, creating melodies that wereThe beauty of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was the seemingly random lifts and drops of two fantastic albums, creating melodies that were wonderfully unproduced. Maybe it's a taste of irony that the album title doesn't say that about their latest album, which is actually quite pleasing to the ear, but doesn't leave the same taste in your mouth that the previous two albums did.

    This album is good to listen to, but its unfamiliarity shines a light into its shiny coat, which glares at you and makes it somewhat uncomfortable for the rabid fan. I'm sure more listens will calm these nerves, but I hope you know what I mean.
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  2. Feb 4, 2012
    10
    This band falls its own pretty little niche. If you listen to a lot of indie rock you'll know how they stand out. Their sound is extremelyThis band falls its own pretty little niche. If you listen to a lot of indie rock you'll know how they stand out. Their sound is extremely original and fresh. This album does it for me again. Full Review »
  3. Jan 24, 2012
    7
    It's hard what to make of this band now. A brilliant debut, a horrendous follow up. This is neither brilliant nor horrendous which is theIt's hard what to make of this band now. A brilliant debut, a horrendous follow up. This is neither brilliant nor horrendous which is the problem. At times it's a bit of a nothing album. It has some good tracks and opens very strongly, but there are a lot of slow tracks that you just want to skip over. When it's good it's very good and when it's bad its painful.
    No matter what people say, this has to be compared to their debut, and when you do that it just doesn't stand up overall. Where the vocals used to be quirky, the out of tune style grates on you here. And the classic indie pop tunes that were all over their debut are few and far between here. Essentially it seems they've lost much of their char, and they just aren't the band that wowed me with their debut which is a pity. Having said that it's still decent but life is too short for just "decent".
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