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4.0 out of 5 stars
A second great helping of muscial genius..., 23 Feb. 2007
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. We, as listeners, become obsessed with finding the next great musical act who will blow us away with incandescent debuts and lose what we are truly seeking. There is a natural tendency to want more of what we originally find attractive in the music that we hear. What must not be forgotten is that musicians are artists in their own right and crave the capacity within which to change what they do and what we apprehend.
Having cast an irritable eye over previous reviews, I feel aggrieved that so called fans seem to be distraught that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's second album does not offer the same catchy pop tunes found within their debut. I agree with many of these that their debut was an overwhelming album with neat and catchy pop tunes perfectly formed for fans of such music. It is full of outstanding tracks which delightfully capture Alec Ounsworth's voice to perfection.
This album is different. And I am glad. How dull it would have been for a band with such marvellous talent to relapse into mimicking their previous success and delivering us another self-righteous version of their debut. "Some Loud Thunder" is dark, melodic and beautiful. Its title track introduced the album with a wonderfully distorted sound and conjures up excited anticipation for the duration of the album. There are many stand out tracks worth a mention but "Yankee Go Home", "Satan Said Dance" and "Underwater (You And me)" are truly prodigious. My personal fancy is "Five Easy Pieces" which winds the album down from its frenetic and powerful core to a culmination of pacific serenity. The production techniques are down to Dave Fridmann of Mercury rev fame (also produced Flaming Lips, Dot Allison, Jane's Addiction and Mogwai) and it is his collaborative genius which has provided the stripped down and shambolic sounds that glitter throughout making this album a pleasure to listen to.
Sometimes we have to listen in order to truly appreciate.