Hysterical

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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2011
  • Label: Cyhsy Inc
  • UPC: 766929992726
  • Catalog Number: 9927
  • Sales rank: 77,256

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Same Mistake (3:04)
  2. 2 Hysterical (3:51)
  3. 3 Misspent Youth (4:03)
  4. 4 Maniac (3:01)
  5. 5 Into Your Alien Arms (5:30)
  6. 6 In a Motel (3:50)
  7. 7 Yesterday, Never (2:55)
  8. 8 Idiot (3:43)
  9. 9 Siesta (For Snake) (4:09)
  10. 10 Ketamine and Ecstasy (3:27)
  11. 11 The Witness’ Dull Surprise (4:08)
  12. 12 Adam’S Plane (7:20)
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Album Credits

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
Greg Calbi Mastering
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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