Grandaddy - Sophtware Slump (Music CD)

Release Date: 22 August 2011
Artist: Grandaddy
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Picking up where their Signal to Snow Ratio EP left off, Grandaddy's wittily named second album The Sophtware Slump upgrades the group's wry, country-tinged rock with electronic flourishes that run through the album like fiber-optic lines. Arpeggiated keyboards sparkle on "Hewlett's Daughter" and "The Crystal Lake," and wind, birds, and transmissions hover around the songs' peripheries, suggesting a Silicone Valley landscape. Jason Lytle's frail, poignant vocals provide a bittersweet counterpoint to the chugging guitars and shiny electronics that envelop him like a cockpit or a cubicle on "Chartsengrafs" and "Broken Household Appliance National Forest" and set the tone for melancholy ballads like "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot," "Miner at the Dial-a-View," and "Jed the Humanoid," the story of a forgotten, alcoholic android. Lost pilots, robots, miners, and programmers try to find their way on The Sophtware Slump, an album that shares a spacy sadness with Sparklehorse's Good Morning Spider and Radiohead's OK Computer. Though it's a little more self-conscious and not quite as accomplished as either of those albums, it is Grandaddy's most impressive work yet and one of 2000's first worthwhile releases. ~ Heather Phares
Release Date: 22 August 2011
Artist: Grandaddy

1. He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot
2. Hewlett's Daughter
3. Jed The Humanoid
4. The Crystal Lake
5. Chartsengrafs
6. Underneath The Weeping Willow
7. Broken Household Appliance National Forest
8. Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)
9. E. Knievel Interlude (The Perils Of Keeping It Real)
10. Miner At The Dial-A-View
11. So You'll Aim Toward The Sky
12. He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot
13. Our Dying Brains
14. L.F.O.
15. Wives Of Farmers
16. Chartsengrafs
17. N. Blender
18. Wonder Why In L.A.
19. Air Conditioners in the Woods
20. Moe Bandy Mountaineers
21. First Movement / Message Sent
22. XD-Data-II
23. Beautiful Ground
24. Street Bunny
25. She Deleter
26. What Can't Be Erased (Drinking Beer In The Bank Of America With Two Chicks From Tempe Arizona)
27. I Don't Want To Record Anymore
28. Aisle Seat 37-D
29. Hewlett's Daughter
30. Rode My Bike To My Stepsister's Wedding

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