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Album Review: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s album ‘Some Loud Thunder’

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By Lloyd Wakeling, Rock At Night Manchester

ALBUM REVIEW:–Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s album Some Loud Thunder–Rock At Night’s opinion: A clap of thunder indeed!

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah-Same Loud Thunder

I’m only guessing, but most bands who re-issue 10 year old albums, probably have run out of things to say to the world and are preparing their audience with the inevitable drift into the ‘where the hell did they go’ part of life. Yet, here is a re-issue that stamps heavily on that notion and some. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, have taken their second album, ‘Some loud thunder’, re-mastered it, wiped its arse and sent it back to where it belongs, to you and me. Multi layered, multi faceted and most importantly, honest, it has a character framed by frustration, yet swims in a pool of musical freedom that deliberately and desperately wants to splash about and get noticed.

Listening to each track in no way prepares you for the next and it gives you the feeling of being amongst great friends, all with different views and opinions, all with differing sensibilities , yet all who can live very happily together without a second thought. The texture of the album never wavers and settles very nicely within what it deserves, a second chance at being heard, loved and touched. Ten years is a long time, but for some things, ten years can mature and be kind, and quite definitely this is one occasion that proves that rule.

TRACK LIST

Some Loud Thunder

Emily Jean Stock

Mama, Won’t You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning?

Love Song No. 7

Satan Said Dance

Upon Encountering the Crippled Elephant

Goodbye to Mother and the Cove

Arm and Hammer

Yankee Go Home

Underwater (You and Me)

Five Easy Pieces

BONUS TRACKS

Some Loud Thunder –LIVE –Sommerville MA 2017

Satan Said Dance –LIVE –Allston MA 2016

Love Song No. 7 –LIVE –Cambridge MA 2013

Love Song No. 7 –LIVE–Philadelphia PA 2010

Yankee Go Home –LIVE –Sommerville MA 2017

 

UK LIVE DATES

Oct 16 The Bullingdon, Oxford

Oct 17 Boiler Room, Guildford

Oct 18 Storeys Field Centre, Cambridge

Oct 20 Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland

Oct 22 The Caves, Edinburgh

Oct 23 The Cluny, Newcastle

Oct 24 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

Oct 25 The Haunt, Brighton

Oct 26 Electric Ballroom, London

 

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Lloyd Wakeling

Lloyd Wakeling

The product of a there, where, everywhere lifestyle that all service families live through combined with being born into the 60's mishmash of politics, love and an anything goes era, is it any wonder I have an eclectic and varied love of all things music. Discovering the Beatles in Malaysia, Elvis and Fred Astaire in Torquay, Pink Floyd and Zeppelin at boarding school in Cornwall, Creedance in Saudi, taught me many things, but mainly the importance of the saying, 'each to their own'; nothing artistic can be crap...it is just different and after being diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome at 38 a lot about my life and outlook became much clearer to me, being a chef is what I do to earn money, being a much sold, self-obsessed artist tortures my dreams, but in all of it, music has remained my companion and as a friendly, happy companion with all of life’s memories entwined within their lyrics and melodies, things could definitely be worse…
Lloyd Wakeling
About Lloyd Wakeling (2 Articles)
The product of a there, where, everywhere lifestyle that all service families live through combined with being born into the 60's mishmash of politics, love and an anything goes era, is it any wonder I have an eclectic and varied love of all things music. Discovering the Beatles in Malaysia, Elvis and Fred Astaire in Torquay, Pink Floyd and Zeppelin at boarding school in Cornwall, Creedance in Saudi, taught me many things, but mainly the importance of the saying, 'each to their own'; nothing artistic can be crap...it is just different and after being diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome at 38 a lot about my life and outlook became much clearer to me, being a chef is what I do to earn money, being a much sold, self-obsessed artist tortures my dreams, but in all of it, music has remained my companion and as a friendly, happy companion with all of life’s memories entwined within their lyrics and melodies, things could definitely be worse…

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