Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Self-titled Album

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By: Ranisha Shipp
Music Reviewer

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album cover.
Photo via the band’s website.

Artist: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Album: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Label: CYHSY, inc.
Release Date: September 13, 2005

I was first introduced to this album my senior year of high school. I had recently received one of those ipods with the camera for Christmas. Before that, I was an MP3 girl in a world that Steve Jobs was about to take over. I didn’t have an iTunes account and I didn’t want to bother my parents about getting one because money always seemed to be an issue for us (or at least that’s how they made it seem). Anyway, I asked my friends to help me out by putting music on it and I say they did a pretty good job.

I never really explored the music until going into college. I got accepted to Texas State with the condition that I go into the Stars Program. The Stars Program was for kids who didn’t necessarily have the best SAT scores. It was 2011 and it was my first extended time away from home. I’m not too good with making friends, so the music was all I really had. I would spend hours wandering around campus, listening to my iPod. There are those artists that you hear their name or listen to even a smidge of one of their songs and memories flood back. For me, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is one of those artists.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is comprised of Alec Ounsworth, Robbie Guertin, and Tyler Sargent. They are an American indie rock group based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is their self-titled debut album. I think my favorite song on this album is “Over and Over Again” because it reminds me of those innocent summer days that I spent getting into trouble. The lead singer has an extremely unique voice. It reminds me of whining but in a good way.

Getting to recommend songs on the album for music was different for me. I got to look at it objectively and I realized that it actually wasn’t that good. Ha! I have love for the album because I attached so many positive memories to it. I mean, it’s still a good album but it’s not the best one out there. I also love the album art. It looks like a drawing I would invest in just to escape from an hour and a half economics lecture. Bottom line is, I love this album dearly and this band will always be one of my favorites.

Despite it’s appeal to me, the album is kind of lacking in song quality. I think the two acceptable songs that I would listen to again are “Over and Over Again” and Details of War”. The other ones are nice to listen to, but they don’t really catch my attention. The album as a whole sounds like a cheerful UK parade that you would watch if you were skipping classes. Also, the lead singer’s vocal styles remind me of a watered-down version of Kurt Cobain. When I say that, he seems to not care about articulation. That makes things great for the rest of us though, right? I’ll admit that my view of this album was a little rose-colored because of my love for it as a little pup. It really put things into perspective for me when I had to look at it objectively.

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