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Product details

  • Audio CD (23 Jan. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wichita
  • ASIN: B000C5RSAS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Clap Your Hands!
  2. Let The Cool Goddess Rust Away
  3. Over And Over Again (lost and found)
  4. Sunshine and 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. Is This Home On Ice
  11. Gimme Some Salt
  12. Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood

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clap your hands say yeahclap your hands say yeah (artista) formato: audio cddescrizione prodottobrani1.clap your hands!2.let the cool goddess rust away3.over and over again (lost and found)4.sunshine and clouds (and everything proud)5.details of the war6.the skin of my yellow country teeth7.is this love?8.heavy metal9.blue turning gray10.is this home on ice11.gimme some salt12.upon this tidal wave of young blood

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Brooklyn five-piece Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are the latest word-of-mouth sensation to power their way into the mainstream. Their debut album allegedly sold 25,000 copies around the States--all packaged and dispatched from the band’s front room--before they signed a deal.

Opening with the incongruous yet compelling carnival song "Clap Your Hands!" the album unfurls in an undulating manner. The principal musical terrain is melodic indie-rock, but the band’s well-constructed songs enable them to increase or decrease the density quota with ease. Stripped down tracks like "Over & Over Again (Lost & Found)" and "Details Of The War" balance fuller tracks like "Heavy Metal" and "In This Home On Ice" and are punctuated by coy vignettes like "Sunshine & Clouds (And Everything Proud)" and "Blue Turning Gray". The distinctive, wailing vocals of Alec Ounsworth have been—justifiably--likened to David Byrne; but while their sound can be compared to Talking Heads, Interpol and Yo La Tengo in places, it’s very much their own. For once, a band that deserve the hype. --Paul Sullivan

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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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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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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2006
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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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2006
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.
Read more ›
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