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Some Loud Thunder

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Audio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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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 (29 Jan 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000KRMU1A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,161 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Some Loud Thunder
2. Emily Jean Stock
3. Mam, Won't You Keep Them Castles In The Air And Burning?
4. Love Song No.7
5. Satan Said Dance
6. Upon Encountering The Crippled Elephant
7. Goodbye To Mother And The Cove
8. Arm And Hammer
9. Yankee Go Home
10. Underwater (You And Me)
11. Five Easy Pieces

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The first time you listen to Some Loud Thunder, the second album from Brooklyn's Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, is a pretty weird experience. Oh, sure, many of the band's key hallmarks – hallmarks that made their self-titled debut a name to drop for everyone from David Bowie to influential indie webzine Pitchfork are present and correct: shambolic guitar jangle, drums that patter around like confused puppies, and the undulating outsider yelp of vocalist Alex Ounsworth. But this is a very different record to its predecessor, one that forsakes much of the band's deranged sing-along charm in favour of offbeat experimentation and peculiar production techniques. It's hard to shake the impression that the presence of Flaming Lips producer Dave Friedmann is sometimes a destabilising influence: "Emily Jean Stock" could, you feel, be neatly orchestrated '60s Technicolor beat-pop, but its distorted drums and thin production leave it feeling drab and grey. Persist, though, and there are some great songs here: the pulsing freak-disco of "Satan Said Dance", or "Yankee Go Home" – an apparent anthem to anti-Americanism that rises in awkward, yet oddly elegaic crescendos. --Louis Pattison

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CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH Some Loud Thunder (2007 UK 11-track CD album - Following on from their 2006 self-titled debut album Alec & co return with a different direction as they forsake their sing-along charm for offbeat experimentation)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Experimental yes, but great tunes 31 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
I guess that a follow up to the eponymously titled debut was always going to be difficult. What do you do? More of the same and get slated for being unadventurous or experiment and get slated for not putting out the same material. Whatever they did Clap Your Hands were going to get a serious mauling form some critics and reading around on the internet that's sure what they've got - a serious mauling from SOME critics.

Is it deserved? Absolutely not in my opinion! I can see why some will not like this. Frankly if you didn't get beyond the first track you'd really, really struggle to like this. And the first track's why this album isn't worth five stars because the rest of it is! More of this in a minute. However what we have here is an excellent collection of songs that DOES bear comparison in quality to their debut. There are some excellent tracks here ("Love Song No. 7", "Mama Won't You Keep The Castles In The Air And Burning", "Satan Said Dance", "Goodbye To Mother And The Cove" and "Underwater" stand out for me). They ARE still quirky even though there is a lot more production and effort been ploughed into this and it HAS inevitably lost some of the Lo-Fi brilliance of it's predecessor.

Okay then, Track 1. Well frankly the less said about this the better! I found this a real turn off (literally as I found it painful to listen to!). They have taken what seems like a decent song (when you listen hard enough - which I suggest if you want to keep you hearing intact that you don't) and deliberately distorted it. It really is difficult to listen to without earmuffs on, full of static and a weird metallic lustre that becomes painful after a few seconds. When I turned the CD on for the first play I was very, very disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class 2nd album. 2 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
Don't normally write reviews but feel I need to re-balance some of the poor reviews posted and echo Sameer's comments earlier. Reading them I can't quite believe some of the reviewers have listened to the album but guess everyone has different taste.

I really liked the first album so was excited about getting this. At first I wasn't sure about this album, but not anymore - just give it a chance. Sure there are a few poor tracks on the album as with most albums(tracks 4, 6, 8) but there are also plenty of gems hiding here (esp tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 11). If you're still not sure, try track 9 (Yankee Go Home) which is immediately likeable and one of the standouts before giving up on this.

In a year of 2nd albums feel this one is 10x better than the disappointing Arcade Fire, Bloc Party and Arctic Monkeys albums.. I rated this 5 stars to balance out the other reviews (1 star?) but honestly this is probably a 4 star effort overall.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice 25 Jan 2007
By Kareem
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good album and a great follow up to their self-titled debut. It's pretty much along the same lines and, as of now, doesn't sound like they have a "sophmore slump" on their hands. This could be the one that sends them sky-high, but then again, many bands have missed out before. Whatever happens wont change the fact (subjective) that these guys make beautiful, funky, original, "hippyish", poppy, rocking songs. They sort of remind me of The Bogmen, if anyone's ever heard them.

There's a bit more experimentation on this album, it's a bit more "layered", whilst still retaining it's rawness, if this makes sense at all. It's not as simple as the first, which is good as it shows the band is trying different things (and succeeding). It's got all the right ingredients from the first plus a bit more depth and journeying.

Overall a very good album, possibly a 4.5. Maybe after more listens a 5. I like a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Up To You..... 29 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
Yes it's less accessible than the first album, but sometimes us listeners just have to try harder. Many of the things from the first album are still there. David Byrne-yelp of lead singer? Check. Lurching rhythms and odd instrumentation? Check. But this time there is gratuitous obfuscation. Listen to the first track and it sounds like it's being broadcast via an old crystal wireless. However, there are some more accessible tracks. "Satan Said Dance" is a cracker, sounding as it does like it's been recorded using an old Atari and "Underwater (You and Me)" is about as close to singalong as CYHSY are going to get. So on the one hand you can sit there, brain-dead, being fed musical mush by The Man (or Simon Cowell, whoever is the most offensive) alternatively you can listen to something a little more challenging. The choice is yours.......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes loud 3 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah debuted with winning, chirrupy melodies that were catchy and easy to recall.

Be warned: Now they are serious, and their music reflects that. Their sophomore album "Some Loud Thunder" is a massive departure musically, to the point where Clap Your Hands Say Yeah only sometimes sound like the same band -- full of distorted rippling guitar and mellotron.

They open with the fuzzed-out, clattery title track, with jangly guitars and loads of distortion. "All this talking/You'd think I'd have something to say/But I'm just talking/Like a siren getting louder and farther away," Alec Ounsworth yowls over the appropriately thunderous tune.

The change in their sound comes in after the second song, with trembling indie-rockers, ominous piano tunes full of dark atmosphere, sputtery trickly headtrips, slow-moving accordion songs, fragmented guitarpop, and rippling cycles of soft guitar and gentle bells.

There are a couple songs that harken back to their old sound -- the marching, dreamlike "Underwater (You and Me)," and the disorienting "Emily Jean Stock," which is basically a twee ballad riddled with bursts of ominous bass and percussion. It's just too confusing.

"Some Loud Thunder" is actually quite an enjoyable album, for the most part. The new, eerier sound is sure to be controversial, but the darker, more complex, less catchy sound is quite entrancing. At times it's confusing, but you can sort a twining melody out of the fuzz, mad piano and scratchy synth.

In fact, given listens and an open mind, these twirling melodies of jangly, circular guitar, murky piano, bells, mellotron, distorted synth and heavy fuzz become rather charming.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor effort
Loved the bands first album, great from start to finish.

Then came this. I was very excited when I opened the package, quickly put it in my CD player and was distraught... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Paul Blaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Also balancing the injustice
Like another reviewer, I am only writing this with the intention to counter-balance some of the unfairly poor reviews. Read more
Published on 18 July 2009 by Dr. D. McCaffer
1.0 out of 5 stars How/Why did this get released? Just two tracks on which to feast!
I missed out on their debut (Yep, I must have been on Mars), but from all accounts it was a bit of a starry affair, pomp and circumstance (or should that circus, as in media..?). Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2009 by Kev
2.0 out of 5 stars It must be a taste thing
I can not warm to this album. I want to, I'm playing it over and over, giving it a break for a couple of days and trying again but no luck. Ok, I thought, try them live. Read more
Published on 12 July 2007 by Pearce
1.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly bad 2nd album failure.
An atrocious album, with droning noise done better by Frog Eyes or Sunset Rubdown. More like "Some Quiet Stomach Rumbling", there's nothing thunderous about this album. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2007 by Useless Article
4.0 out of 5 stars A second great helping of muscial genius...
Periodically a great band arrives to readdress issues lost within the depths of musical production and promotion. Clap your Hands Say Yeah are one of these bands. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2007 by Sameer Jain
3.0 out of 5 stars Give it a try
In the old days we, the listeners, didn't want the same album with the same songs on it, churned out release after release. A band was allowed, and expected, to grow. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2007 by Lilly T
4.0 out of 5 stars An impressive album. Quirky riffs, good lyrics.
An impressive album. Quirky riffs, good lyrics. Very reminiscent of early talking heads, and Television (maybe). Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2007 by M. Hamer
3.0 out of 5 stars Clap Your Hands Say I'm Not Sure Yet.....
At first this album really unsettled me. Dave Friedmann (producer Flaming Lips) has taken this wonderful carefree band, who's first album seemed to roll from tracks 1 to 12 with... Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2007 by Rorz
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