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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah [Import]

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Audio CD
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It has been 10 years since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah started, and they’re about to release their fourth record, Only Run. Like the previous three, CYHSY will market and distribute the album independently. From the get go, this ethos struck a chord with fans, but it was merely an extension of lead singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth’s core belief: “The general rule is to be ... Read more in Amazon's Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Clap Your Hands
  • ASIN: B000AOJHZA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Clap Your Hands!
2. Let The Cool Goddess Rust Away
3. Over & Over Again (Lost & Found)
4. Sunshine & Clouds (And Everything Proud)
5. Details Of The War
6. The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth
7. Is This Love?
8. Heavy Metal
9. Blue Turning Gray
10. In This Home On Ice
11. Gimme Some Salt
12. Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive from the first listen 27 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought it on a whim, and now I can't stop listening to this album.

I'd heard good things about Clap Your Hands, but like many bands that I hear good things about, I expected to be disappointed. So it was a really pleasant surprise when from the outset, I really enjoyed the album. I'm more of a rock/metal sort of person, and I'd probably describe this as pop, but what excellent pop! Has a great upbeat tempo, that makes you feel happy.

It is one of those sort of bands that you want to liken to something, but you struggle to pin down. It definitely has a Talking Heads vibe in places, it sometimes reminds me of the Cure, Arcade Fire, Flaming Lips or Violent Femmes, it often has a similar electronica sound to the Human League, and has a lot of the simplistic brilliance of the Beta Band. The lead singer is a bit nasally for my liking (think Rufus Wainright), but for some reason it seems to work.

Buy it, it's cheap, and it'll make you smile!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fractured Fun 11 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
Comparisons with early period 'Talking Heads' are inevitable but 'Clap Your Hands Say Yeah' add a great deal of fun to the new wave revival (if there is one!) With skewed vocals and addictive tunes that bend and stretch until you feel dizzy but delighted. The first listen leaves you feeling that you missed something, but it certainly drags you back in for another listen with the two tracks 'Over and Over Again' and 'The Skin of my Yellow country Teeth' jumping out of the speakers at you.
If you enjoy quirky off the wall bands and singers such as the aforementioned 'Talking Heads' and others like 'XTC', 'The Modern Lovers' or even 'Cake' then you can't possibly ignore this offering. Next big thing? Nope-too specialist. But that's a good thing. Now I'm off to play it once more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars 1 Nov 2006
By J. Gill
Format:Audio CD
This album is fantastic. They have a really new sound - despite whatever people say about comparisons to various bands, their sound is their own - and the songs are catchy, musically intelligent and have great lyrics. It's very different from a lot of the overly commercialised stuff around at the moment - don't get me wrong, some of that is great but this is a breath of fresh air. I suppose generally they could be classed as indie - they're more mellow than you might expect from hearing that, but at the same time this is great to dance to and is really uplifting. Tracks like Over and Over Again (Lost & Found) and The Skin of my Yellow Country Teeth are simply beautiful and this album stands being played over and over again itself. This band has great potential and this is a stunning debut.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do not judge a book by its cover 30 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit, I dismissed this band before I'd even heard their music - I initially placed them into the same pile as all those other bands with ridiculous, longwinded, clever names. Thankfully I was proven wrong.

Not an album I would ever have come to if it weren't for having read the CYHSY mentioned in the same sentence as Mercury Rev, Rufus Wainwright, Flaming Lips etc - comparisons which I can hear. Pleasantly suprised by this album - highly recommend it - particular highlight being 'Details of War'.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clap your hands! Yeah! 8 Jan 2006
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
At least twice a year, indie-rock buzz reaches a frenzy over some new, strange band, usually with a funny name and a sound that is different from any other new band.

This year, it's the turn of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's self-titled debut, which may have the most unbearably twee name of the year. But don't get hung up on that. Their music is what matters, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah evoke charming melodies, catchy tunes, and maybe a bit of the madcap carnival.

It opens with an imitation of a carnie, calling in an insane, unenthusiastic crowd. Singer Alec Ounsworth seems to be calling people in to enjoy the music, by telling them to "clap your hands!" over and over, with the crowd replying, ""But I have no money!/But it don't seem likely/Are you up to somethin?/Where's my milk'n'honey?/But I just look funny..."

It's a delightful intro, but a good album needs more than that. And it does just that, by quickly seguing into clean indie-pop with pulsating basslines. Then Ounsworth and Co. introduce us to some murky, fuzzy dance music, folk pop, sparkling indie pop with jangling guitars, and even a sort of sweeping twee synthy pop. It shouldn't fit together as well as it does, but the upbeat tone and sparkling melodies stick all these styles together.

One of the closest comparisons to this album is Arcade Fire's "Funeral" from last year, since both of them sport a unique sound and eclectic instrumentation. But where Arcade Fire is downbeat, these guys are resolutely weird, upbeat and cheery.

They also have a special way with creating catchy pop -- most catchy stuff is very simple and forgettable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clapyourhands it's catchy yeah! 13 Dec 2005
By S. COLE
Format:Audio CD
Hyperbole dominates rock music, thanks to journalism, we are encouraged to listen to certain bands, and the whole experience can get somewhat draining. Thankfully, some critics get it right. The recent success of The Arcade Fire has opened a gateway for anything alternative and folkish. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! have been recently pedalled, deserving it more than a slew of semi-talented attention grabbers.
'Heavy Metal' is a go-getter of an eighth track! Warbly, demented and twee, it progresses steadily like the soundtrack to a Commodore game. When absurd tunes become infectious, there's a jackpot waiting at the end of the rainbow. Let these lovelies pick up a few! Ahhh...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It skips along at a jolly old pace
I really like this album. It skips along at a jolly old pace and is great music to run to. Some will find the vocals jarring that wheel around like a drunken ringmaster but for... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr_Thyroid
4.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasant surprise
I bought this on the strength of hearing one track "details of the war" and it remains my favourite on the album. Read more
Published on 20 July 2011 by Mr. S. M. Ballinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Clapping my hands with glee
Quite simply the best album I've bought for a long time. I first downloaded it, then bought it, and now I can't stop playing it, and smiling when I do. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2009 by Mr. J. R. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep listening to it
I thought this album was awfull the first time I heard it but then after a couple more listens I got into it and now I think its absolutely brilliant.
Published on 3 July 2008 by D. Cooley
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this love ???
The quick and simple answer is YES ! This is a great album with a fantastic sound.

I suppose the thing everyone focuses on are the vocals which may be off putting to... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2007 by M. Higgs
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not James blunt!
So if that's what you like then you'd be best to steer clear.

Ok so I do think the David Byrne/Talking heads comparisons are valid, so are the Kings of Leon ones, but... Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2006 by Oberon
5.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time......
I bought the album and listend....and listened and couldn't stop litening to it. Talk about an album getting under your skin. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2006 by Mr T
4.0 out of 5 stars A grower
Listen to this album a good few times before you think of rating it. Yes the first song is interesting... as is the last. Read more
Published on 7 May 2006 by Josh
2.0 out of 5 stars Great music, not so great vocals
Having read all the reviews, I bought this CD thinking I had got a "keeper". Whilst the music is great, the vocals are not. Maybe I'm just not into the wailing sound. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good - apart from the first track.
Had it not been for that track, and a couple of other not-as-great songs, it would probably deserve five stars (but only just). Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2006 by Mail-order Christ
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