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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
by Betsy Ellison

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has been getting a lot of hype lately, and it hasnít been unjustified. The first song on the album, "Clap Your Hands!" has a carnival atmosphere, and it isnít a good way to open the album, but every other song on the album more than makes up for it. This isnít an album of singles where each song is easy to pull apart and dissect on itís own. Itís an album that is more about a feeling, an ambiance. Itís an album that you can listen to for the first time and you know youíll be listening to it for a long, long time.

Alec Ounsworthís voice has a warbling, nasally quality to it. While that sounds like a bad thing, it most assuredly isnít. He has been compared to Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen, and while they have some similarities, Ounsworthís are better.

This entire album, save the first song, feels very big and open. Itís loud when it needs to be, soft when it needs to be, and everything else in between. Itís a great album with only a few low points. And it is one of the top albums of the year.