Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Run
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2014 Ratings: #726 / 845
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Based on 18 ratings
June 3, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
CYHSY, Inc / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

While they’ve certainly sharpened some of the edges since Little Moments and brought their newfound gloom-and-synth-addled style to a more formidable shape, Only Run still suffers a significant lack of the sheer vibrancy and enthusiasm that made their off-kilter beginnings so invigorating.

Drowned in Sound

It’s also worrying as the record is so conflicted, a genre piece forced onto meat and potatoes songwriting. 


‘Blameless’ and ‘Little Moments’ marshal some nice glimmering synths, but Alec Ounsworth’s mewling vocal - while unquestionably distinctive - remains a bit of an odd proposition to achieve the requisite Everyman appeal. 

Pretty Much Amazing

The most optimistic light to view Only Run in is also the most condemning; it’s not so much a fully realized album as it is a promising blueprint for songs that haven’t yet been written.


While not unpleasant, there’s little to warrant enduring revisits, and ‘Only Run’’s misfirings ultimately render it somewhat ineffectual.

While they're too busy arranging their flames, they assure us that there aren't second levels in here. It's force relies on its simplicity.
Just play James, Parquet Fours and CYHSY in one flow and you will hear why this is so good. Not often, but on this one the critics are off tune.. Great record.
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Track List

  1. As Always
  2. Blameless
  3. Coming Down
  4. Little Moments
  5. Only Run
  6. Your Advice
  7. Beyond Illusion
  8. Impossible Request
  9. Cover Up
  10. Impossible Request (Alternate Version)
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