Hysterical

Hysterical

by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
     
 

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Standing on top of a mountain of hype and praise after the success of their first two self-released albums, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah did what few bands in their position would do: they took a break. Rather than striking while the iron was hot and getting another release into the impatient little hands of their fan base, they

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Standing on top of a mountain of hype and praise after the success of their first two self-released albums, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah did what few bands in their position would do: they took a break. Rather than striking while the iron was hot and getting another release into the impatient little hands of their fan base, they walked away to pursue other projects, allowing their members to follow all of their other ideas wherever they might take them for a couple years before eventually coming back together on their third album, Hysterical. With a generally brighter and more focused approach, the band returns to the formula of their debut, delivering an album of solid indie rock that focuses more on songwriting than experimentation. Instead of the blown-out fuzz of Some Loud Thunder's opening track, Hysterical kicks off with the soothing atmospherics of "Same Mistake," which offers up plenty of drama while still giving listeners something to dance to. The real highlight of the albums comes by way of the thumping tension of "Maniac," a song that's propelled forward by nervous energy, as Alec Ounsworth seems to channel the paranoid vocals of Clinic's Ade Blackburn. If there's anything bad to say about Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's hiatus, it's that it seems as if they're a bit hesitant to start experimenting again. The album stays firmly planted in the post-punk/synth pop wheelhouse, which means that it's incredibly consistent, but not necessarily surprising, which could be a good or bad thing for fans, depending on whether they prefer their debut or their sophomore album. Fortunately, this area is one that the band excels in, making Hysterical an album that's kind of like musical comfort food, satisfying without perplexing.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2011
Label:
Clap Your Hands Cyhs
UPC:
0766929992726
catalogNumber:
9927

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Performance Credits

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah   Primary Artist
Mike Garson   Piano
Alec Ounsworth   Group Member
Lee Sargent   Group Member
Tyler Sargent   Group Member
Sean Greenhalgh   Group Member
Robbie Guertin   Group Member

Technical Credits

John Congleton   Producer
Mike Greek   Booking
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah   Composer
Alec Ounsworth   Composer
Ken Weinstein   Publicity
Nick Stern   Management
Gillian Bar   Legal Advisor
Elliot Groffman   Legal Advisor
Lauren Moore   Management
Rit Venerus   Management
Jackie Nalpant   Booking
Amy Self   Management
Maya Pindyck   Drawing
Lauren Pattenaude   Management
Heather Self   Management
Duncan Jordan   Publicity

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