Only Run - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the Philadelphia-based indie pop band led by Alec Ounsworth features guest appearances from Kid Koala and Matt Berninger from The National.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jun 10, 2014
    80
    Above all else, Only Run feels full of this type of energy, the desperation and freedom of needing to prove yourself again.
  2. Jun 3, 2014
    80
    The result is an album of beautiful juxtapositions, steeped with poetic gravitas that nonetheless never fails soar.
  3. Jun 10, 2014
    70
    Without the warm, human touch that made CYHSY’s previous releases so inviting, the ten (or really nine considering “Impossible Request” appears twice) tracks on Only Run feel cold and calculated.
  4. Jun 2, 2014
    60
    Whilst materially an improvement on its predecessor, the move to electronica is superficial.
  5. Jun 11, 2014
    60
    The band’s latest evolution is bound to shed some fans of the old lineup, but the music here is interesting enough to attract some new listeners as well.
  6. 50
    For the first time ever, CYHSY is clearly not a full band playing in a room together; Ounsworth and drummer Sean Greenhalgh are the only two regulars here. But it also doesn’t sound like a freshly band-less songwriter trying not to sound band-less.
  7. Jul 2, 2014
    40
    An album that feels necessarily smaller than its predecessor. [Aug 2014, p.105]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 6, 2014
    9
    No sure what's doing with this one critically. it's clearly a major work and - like the new Jollie Holland - a sign that a new sureness mayNo sure what's doing with this one critically. it's clearly a major work and - like the new Jollie Holland - a sign that a new sureness may finally be emerging. Expand