Album number four from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah sees leader Alec Ounsworth finding a renewed sense of optimism, and ‘Only Run’ does present an overall feeling of tentative euphoria.
The band even manages to coax The National’s Matt Berninger into delivering one of his least sombre performances on ‘Coming Down’. Elsewhere, the bleeping synths of ‘Little Moments’ sound like an early Vince Clarke project while ‘Impossible Request’ strays into the same strident territory as classic James.
The only weakness of ‘Only Run’ is a tendency to co-opt ‘Kid A’-style rhythms on tracks like ‘Beyond Illusion’, but on the whole this is clever, electronically-infused rock that showcases Ounsworth’s songwriting chops.
Words: Mat Smith
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