Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - The Tourist
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #677 / 721
User Score
Based on 39 ratings
2017 Ratings: #503
February 24, 2017 / Release Date
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Undertow / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

While the holistic craftsmanship of Ounsworth's musicality is impressive, ultimately it's his anguished, romantic vocal croon that sticks with you on The Tourist, ever dichotomously imbued with both a deep sense of loneliness and a pop-centric sense of self-determination.

75
Under The Radar

Some patience and repeated plays may be needed to digest all the aesthetics offered on The Tourist, but any listener up to the challenge with a yearning to expand their musical palette will be rewarded with a terrific album full of playful and energetic indie rock.

75
Pitchfork

With renewed confidence, focus, and contentment, Alec Ounsworth delivers a consistently satisfying Clap Your Hands album, the best since their debut.

70
Drowned in Sound

A drift back towards the margins is undoubtedly a drift back towards Ounsworth’s strengths, and The Tourist is the best music he has made this decade.

70
musicOMH

The Tourist is quite simply the best CYHSY record since their 2005 debut.

65
The Line of Best Fit

Hats off to Alec Ounsworth for keeping the faith and working hard, but while there’s some quirky songwriting and clever lyrical tales on The Tourist, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah just don’t seem to be hitting the mark that they once did.

60
The Skinny

As The Tourist continues to unravel, so too do the tracks – captivating in parts, but lacking a unifying urgency.

60
Slant Magazine

The Tourist is a welcome shift from the amorphous electronica of the band's last effort, but the haphazard pacing and overreliance on platitudes and generalizations prevent the album from fully achieving the emotional potency aimed for by Ounsworth's trembling voice.

60
The Guardian

Last remaining member Alec Ounsworth’s fifth album begins with a promise of recalibration: The Pilot and A Chance to Cure are lusciously produced, but that spaciousness quickly resolves into knotty, ambling anthems of frustration.

60
PopMatters

After previous records, The Tourist feels almost deflated, everything scaled down and pulled in like a ship awaiting a storm.

50
Exclaim!

The album's missteps aren't egregious; rather, it's that after multiple listens, very little sticks. The Tourist's inconspicuousness is its biggest issue.

50
God Is in the TV

The Tourist to some extent feels like an aborted project. An entire album’s-worth of tracks like the opening two salvos could have ignited a resurgent interest in this most noughties of bands, but by the closing track, they feel like a distant memory. There will be a core group of fans for whom Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are an instrumental and formative band, but they may find themselves feeling more and more alone.

40
DIY

Immaculately produced – it is the cleanest Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album yet – and full of Alec Ounsworth’s trademark yowl, ‘The Tourist’ represents only a limited sort of journey.

80
Un album infravalorado.Una pena
lemuriams
78
This cover mean NOT BAD
kidhead
73
their best after 2005 debut. clean recording, good production.

original score: 70
barchamb13
69
at times this is a very solid record. Defiantly could add a few songs to a playlist.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

/Esquire (UK)

Track List

  1. The Pilot
  2. A Chance to Cure
  3. Down (is where I want to be)
  4. Unfolding Above Celibate Moon (Los Angeles Nursery Rhyme)
  5. Better Off
  6. Fireproof
  7. The Vanity of Trying
  8. Loose Ends
  9. Ambulance Chaser
  10. Visiting Hours
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