Where excellent albums are concerned, 2006 wasn't exactly a stellar year. Mostly, I consoled myself by looking forward to all of the awesome releases coming out in 2007. Now, the new music is finally starting to trickle in. I just got the new Shins CD (stay tuned for my review next week), and right now, I am very excited to be listening to the new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album, Some Loud Thunder, which the band is streaming on its MySpace page.
Honestly, I just dove into the songs, so I can't say yet whether the new album is better than the band's 2005 self-titled debut. But I will say that it's lusher, more orchestral, and just as schizophrenic; I definitely plan to buy it so I can give it the attention it deserves. You can preorder Some Loud Thunder before it hits stores Jan. 30, but for now, take a listen and tell me what you guys think.