Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - New Fragility
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2021 Ratings: #218 / 239
User Score
Based on 86 ratings
2021 Ratings: #279
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February 12, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
CYHSY, Secretly Distribution / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Spill Magazine

Essentially, Ounsworth uses the band’s melodic vehicle to cover themes like depression, divorce and getting old. Quite heavy themes to say the least, but CYHSY and Ounsworth are able to cover them as if one was making one of those chocolate/chili desserts.

80
Uncut

New Fragility is emotionally fraught but musically generous, as the frontman finds ever new ways to put his gangly songs across.

80
AllMusic

While one can certainly hear touchstones echoed throughout New Fragility, it has the singularity and focus of one artistic voice.

80
musicOMH

No longer buoyed by adolescent concerns, Alec Ounsworth may not be in the happiest of states. But if you heed closely you’ll hear the sound of one man’s combing for moral redemption amidst societal and individual collapse. And that deserves applause.

77
Paste

New Fragility parses trauma, both his own and the more general effects of late capitalism and the ongoing collapse of American democracy.

75
Spectrum Culture

Alec Ounsworth lets go of expectations and writes for himself, and the result is arguably his best album in years.

70
The Sydney Morning Herald

Ounsworth’s latest album, named after a David Foster Wallace story, finds him examining the state of the USA as well as looking within.

64
Pitchfork

Alec Ounsworth’s latest album is a world of divorce, substance abuse, callous indifference to murder, and also bittersweet nostalgia for that bygone indie-rock era that gave him a platform in the first place.

60
FLOOD Magazine

Overall, New Fragility is a downer and not a perfect release by any stretch, but it does fragment the customary expectations saddled with a new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album and builds up a better framework for Ounsworth in its place.

60
The Line of Best Fit

New Fragility is an easy album to dismiss, especially when it’s such low-stakes (old band, low-key release), but it’s even easier to just enjoy it for what it is.

60
The Irish Times
It may sound like a glum affair, but throughout it all Ounsworth’s tremulous, one-of-a-kind warble leads the charge on the taut, bouncy indie rock CYHSY are known for.
60
Rolling Stone
His warbled ballads are teeth pulls, but his crisp, catchy alt-pop zone outs remain undeniable.
50
DIY

Following a series of patchy releases, ‘New Fragility’ strives for structure, toggling between social awareness and slack harmonies in an interplay that never fully attains the unity it craves.

40
Record Collector

New Fragility generally feels like an album Ounsworth needed to make, rather than other needed to hear.

avernannes
21
★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
2.1/10

Music: rather decent, nothing extreme, but not bad.
Vocals: aAAaAAeEEeEbelenbebdelebdelebdUuUoOOOooOEeEEEiIiIiIUIADAHhdhdaa
Davibitt1234
59
O álbum não tem uma produção, letras e sonoridade tão ruim, apenas desinteressante, oq faz esse disco ser ruim são os péssimos vocais do disco que fazem com que ouvir esse álbum seja uma experiência desagradável.

Um ponto positivo no álbum foi o fato do álbum ser bastante coeso, tirando isso o álbum tem nada de muito bom.

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pedro00valente
50
Clap your hands say meh
Cordavision
50
Meh
WildChameleon
50
Not bad, decent, mediocre, enjoyable at best. I will just say that this album just lacks of lacking.

PS : listen their first album, it's great.
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Added on: October 14, 2020