Some Loud Thunder - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
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  • Summary: Dave Fridmann produced the acclaimed indie band's second LP, which again is self-released in the U.S.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. If there is a problem with Some Loud Thunder it is the album’s lack of consistency.
  2. At their best, on Yankee Go Home and Five Easy Pieces, their sound becomes less indie rock than ecstatic chanting.
  3. If Some Loud Thunder isn't as consistent as the debut, it's an adequate follow-up that contains a handful of fantastic songs, a handful of uneven ones, and a handful of duds.
  4. Clearly the band and producer Dave Fridmann have a vision for Some Loud Thunder, so it's a shame their ambition only rarely translates into music that approaches the album's compelling predecessor.
  5. Less energetic and more all-over-the-place, it's ramshackle rock full of drones and jangles that crest and hum, with Alec Ounsworth splashing his warbly David Byrne alto around like cheap paint.
  6. 50
    Some Loud Thunder is certainly uncompromising--which isn't the same thing as "good," although it's got a handful of very good moments. [Mar 2007, p.131]
  7. Ounsworth's impassioned delivery is gone throughout most of Some Loud Thunder, replaced by what can only be described as vague indifference.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 60
  2. Negative: 3 out of 60
  1. JuanPabloCH
    Mar 16, 2007
    10
    am really fascinated with this record, it is without a doubt one of my favorite records of this year because 'Some Loud Thunder' shows a face different with so surprising sounds, for sample 'Satan Said it Dance' or 'Some Lud Thunder' It is a record completely different to the first one and it shows us to a band that continues toward before with strong steps without looking back. Expand
  2. draziell
    Feb 4, 2007
    10
    Listen to it longer. it is the album of the year. ;)
  3. sadkoh
    Mar 6, 2007
    9
    they grow and Satan is really great song(I can see it came from Talking heads)
  4. AndrewJ
    Jan 31, 2007
    8
    Well on it's way to being the most sandbagged album of the year. Expands on CYHSY's debut with a deep, richly layered sound that deserves and requires many listen-thrus to fully enjoy. Expand
  5. Mr.Hankey
    Jan 31, 2007
    7
    CYHSY are a great band and this a good album. Overall, all this hype is useless... There aren't any bad tracks but some seem to be lacking in quality. Alec OUnsworth has led his band into a mess that actually sounds decent. Expand
  6. Dan(nirv)
    Jan 30, 2007
    6
    I saw CYHSY live in Mpls, MN and they were great. Love their debut album but really not impressed with this one. Also, and this MUST be said, the Some Loud Thunder performed on the live EP is much better than the studio recording in my opinion. Various Artists (CHYSY)- Fall 2006 Tour EP Get it and hear what could have been. Expand
  7. Quaid
    Feb 1, 2007
    2
    I like but don't love 5 songs on the album. The rest are a complete mess. I disagree and think that the lead sounds like David Byrne. This is the only reason I like the group, because I loved the Talking Heads. They are a creative band and have good ideas, but after a great first album, I find it hard to believe that they could not look each other in the eyes and say let's stop recording and really try to make this project work. They didn't and the album has failed. It sounds like an attempt to get easy cash knowing that many will buy it since their early success. Hey, they suckered me in. Expand

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