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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

The DIY success of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in 2005 instilled garage bands and dudes with nasally voices with a newfound faith in the can-do spirit. Clap's latest effort finds the band remaining label-less, and record labels breathing a sigh of relief that they didn't plunk down anything for this. The step back the group has taken is quite remarkable. Thunder's songs are deliberately made to sound distorted, as if your speakers were on the fritz, leaving vocals -- and actual instrument sounds -- muddy. And the tracks that aren't mucked up by bad decisions are just boring. "Love Song No. 7" tries to be introspective and slow but fizzles, while the lead single "Satan Said Dance" recalls Talking Heads-y funk but is ruined by children chanting the chorus. You can't fault Clap Your Hands for not making the same album again, but if Some Loud Thunder suggests anything, it's that the act is still in its infancy and possibly perplexed as to what to do.