Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (album)

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album cover.jpg
Studio album by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Released September 13, 2005
Recorded 2005, Recording Studio, Brooklyn, New York and Providence, Rhode Island
Genre Indie rock
Length 38:36
Label Wichita

Adam Lasus and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

Keith Souza Engineered (tracks 2, 3, 5, 10–12), and Tyler Sargent (track 9)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah chronology
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Some Loud Thunder
Singles from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  1. "Is This Love?"
    Released: December 5, 2005
  2. "In This Home on Ice"
    Released: February 27, 2006
  3. "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth"
    Released: July 17, 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Billboard (very favorable)[3]
MusicOMH (favorable)[4]
Pitchfork Media (9.0/10)[5]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[6]
Robert Christgau (A-)[7]
Stylus Magazine (B+)[8]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[9]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[10]
Yahoo! Music 9/10 stars[11]

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is the eponymous debut album by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, self-released in the U.S. in 13 September 2005, and released in the UK on 23 January 2006 by Wichita Recordings. Produced and mixed by Adam Lasus, the album and the band rose to fame after buzz and attention built up on various MP3 blogs and a very positive ("9.0/10") review from influential music website Pitchfork Media. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was listed as one of the 50 most important recordings of the decade by National Public Radio's All Songs Considered.[12]

The success of the album started after bassist Tyler Sargent began mailing out copies of the album from his apartment. As of November 2009, the album has sold more than 125,000 copies in the United States.[12] Although the band still has no official record deal in the United States, they have signed a distribution deal to make the album available to a wider audience. In the UK, the band signed to independent record label Wichita Recordings.

The song "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth" was featured on the 2005 episode "E-mail Surveillance" of the NBC show The Office as well as the 2011 film The Art of Getting By.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics and music written by Alec Ounsworth except where indicated.

  1. "Clap Your Hands!" – 1:48
  2. "Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away" – 3:23
  3. "Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)" – 3:09
  4. "Sunshine and Clouds (And Everything Proud)" – 1:02
  5. "Details of the War" – 3:31
  6. "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth" – 5:43 (Ounsworth, Lee Sargent, Robbie Guertin, Tyler Sargent, Sean Greenhalgh)
  7. "Is This Love?" – 3:11
  8. "Heavy Metal" – 4:01
  9. "Blue Turning Gray" – 1:17 (Tyler Sargent)
  10. "In This Home on Ice" – 3:58
  11. "Gimmie Some Salt" – 3:03
  12. "Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood" – 4:34

Bonus tracks[edit]

The UK release, on Enhanced CD, contains a link to bonus live tracks. All songs were recorded live at The Black Cat in Washington, D.C. on 13 September 2005.

  1. "Is This Love?"
  2. "Details of the War"
  3. "Gimmie Some Salt"
  4. "In This Home on Ice"


  • Sean Greenhalgh – Group Member
  • Joe Lambert – Mastering
  • Adam Lasus – Producer, Engineer, Overdubs, Mixing
  • Alec Ounsworth – Group Member
  • Tyler Sargent – Engineer, Group Member
  • Keith Souza – Engineer


  1. ^ Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Ratings, Review, Credits and More at Metacritic Metacritic. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  2. ^ Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ Dani, Sarika (July 26, 2005). "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah"". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ Murphy, John. "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Wichita)". MusicOMH. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ Howe, Brian (June 21, 2005). "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  6. ^ Stirling, Stephen (August 2, 2005). "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah". PopMatters. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah". Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  8. ^ Miller, Derek (June 21, 2005). "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  9. ^ Clarke, Betty (January 20, 2006). "CD: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah". London: The Guardian. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  10. ^ Amneziak. "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  11. ^ Gilbert, Ben (January 30, 2006). "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  12. ^ a b Boilen, Bob (November 16, 2009). "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah". National Public Radio. Retrieved November 17, 2009.