When Brooklyn indie rockers Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah debuted with their eponymous album in 2005, the bloggers welcomed them with open arms. Word spread so fast on the internet, in fact, that Clap Your Hands soon found themselves inundated with record deals and were even forced to repress their CD as demand for the album escalated. How very disappointing then, that the sophomore slump has hit them so hard with their new release, Some Loud Thunder.
Aesthetically speaking, this album is not very pleasing. Neophytes of indie rock will find themselves annoyed into the fetal position by singer Alec Ounsworth’s cartoony voice. The instrumental elements of the album are often very pleasing, but are invariably soiled by irritating vocals; I challenge you to listen to “Five Easy Pieces” without covering your ears. This album does have its moments, including “Underwater,” and “Goodbye to the Mother and the Cove,” but in the end, it pales in comparison to the first.