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Hysterical by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Released: Sep 2011
Label: CYHSY Inc.
With their third album, CYHSY have never sounded so ready to rock a stadium (think The Killers). After focusing on other projects, the quintet returns intact nearly five years after sophomore semi-slump Some Loud Thunder, and contrary to its lo-fi-ish title, Hysterical boasts quite the slick production. Synths wiggle, throb and glisten, but they also tend to weigh down the band's quirkiest and most endearing qualities, like the guitar shreds of "Into Your Alien Arms," the upbeat stomp of "Ketamine and Ecstasy," and Alec Ounsworth's fractured yelp, which has mended itself into a smooth croon.
Stephanie Benson
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