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The Sophtware Slump
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Album: The Sophtware Slump
# Song Title   Time
1)    He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot More Info... 8:52
2)    Hewletts Daughter More Info... 3:05
3)    Jed The Humanoid More Info... 4:18
4)    The Crystal Lake More Info... 5:00
5)    Chartsengrafs More Info... 2:51
6)    Underneath The Weeping Willow More Info... 2:40
7)    Broken Household Appliance National Forest More Info... 4:34
8)    Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground) More Info... 3:25
9)    E. Knievel Interlude (The Perils Of Keeping It Real) More Info... 1:57
10)    Miner At The Dial-A-View More Info... 5:21
11)    So You'll Aim Toward The Sky More Info... 4:45
 
New or Used: US$9.94

Album: The Sophtware Slump
# Song Title   Time
1)    He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot More Info... 8:52
2)    Hewletts Daughter More Info... 3:05
3)    Jed The Humanoid More Info... 4:18
4)    The Crystal Lake More Info... 5:00
5)    Chartsengrafs More Info... 2:51
6)    Underneath The Weeping Willow More Info... 2:40
7)    Broken Household Appliance National Forest More Info... 4:34
8)    Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground) More Info... 3:25
9)    E. Knievel Interlude (The Perils Of Keeping It Real) More Info... 1:57
10)    Miner At The Dial-A-View More Info... 5:21
11)    So You'll Aim Toward The Sky More Info... 4:45
 
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Performer Notes
  • Grandaddy includes: Jason Lytle.
  • Recorded at Little Portugal, Modesto, California.
  • Includes bonus disc THROUGH A FROSTY PLATE GLASS E.P.
  • Grandaddy: Jason Lytle.
  • Recorded at Little Portugal, Modesto, California.
  • THE SOPHTWARE SLUMP is a kick in the pants for anyone who believes that indie-rock is, after a notable creative peak in the mid-'90s, dying a slow and stupefying death. Not with underground sounds like these around. Guided by Jason Lyttle's vision of spacey, mid-fi country-rock, Modesto, CA's Grandaddy unites a mess of guitar-based, late-90's fringe-musics into coherent statements about humanity and technology--and if it at times sounds a lot like OK COMPUTER or a lower-fidelity SOFT BULLETIN, that's partly the point.
  • As the band has grown, the classic indie sound of Pavement has ceased to be its sole touchstone. Sparklehorse's studio-created ambient-Gothic bleeds have taken a strong hold, as has Radiohead's symphonic balladeering. But, mixed in an unselfconscious manner, these influences underline Lyttle's desire to have the music convey the era's confusion. So the epic mid-tempo opener "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot" recalls the stilted pace of "Paranoid Android," "Broken Household Appliance National Forest" is a metaphorically lumbering rocker whose sounds spill over like punky stoners doing Black Sabbath, and "Chartsengrafs" rocks out in first-rate VIVADIXIE fashion. SOPHTWARE is the sum of its grand parts.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (6/8/00, p.124) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Exhilarating....a loose indie-rock suite about how sad and funny and fleeting technology actually is....[frontman Jason] Lytle's rigorous, knotty songwriting skills check his band's yen for indie-rock messiness..."

Rolling Stone (6/8/00, p.124) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Exhilarating....a loose indie-rock suite about how sad and funny and fleeting technology actually is....[frontman Jason] Lytle's rigorous, knotty songwriting skills check his band's yen for indie-rock messiness..."

Spin (p.51) - Ranked #6 in Spin's 'The Top 10 Reissues Of 2011' -- "[A] mini-epic about how technology didn't destroy us like we thought it might; ELO and Pink Floyd writ small."

Spin (1/01, p.76) - Ranked #6 in Spin's "10 Best Records You Didn't Hear Of The Year [2000]" - "...Obsessively melodic snatches of indie pop..."

Spin (1/01, p.76) - Ranked #6 in Spin's "10 Best Records You Didn't Hear Of The Year [2000]" - "...Obsessively melodic snatches of indie pop..."

Entertainment Weekly (6/23/00, p.102) - "...Their melodies, earthy but otherworldly, infiltrate your head before retreating into space..." - Rating: A-

Entertainment Weekly (6/23/00, p.102) - "...Their melodies, earthy but otherworldly, infiltrate your head before retreating into space..." - Rating: A-

Q (1/01, p.91) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".

Q (6/00, p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This year's chosen chunk of cosmic Americana...sounding like a lo-fi ELO and...possesses an admirably unusual songwriter....Cheap, cheerful and utterly charming."

Q (1/01, p.91) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".

Q (6/00, p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This year's chosen chunk of cosmic Americana...sounding like a lo-fi ELO and...possesses an admirably unusual songwriter....Cheap, cheerful and utterly charming."

Magnet (p.55) - "[E]verything about the California quintet's modestly epic exploration of technological and societal breakdown reeks of uncanny prescience -- especially lyrics."

Magnet (1-2/01, p.45) - Included in Magnet's "20 Best Albums of 2000".

Magnet (6-7/00, p.77) - "...Works within a tradition of records that owe as much to the Echoplex as they do to impending nervous breakdowns and squandered cash advances. And that's what makes it a keeper..."

Magnet (1-2/01, p.45) - Included in Magnet's "20 Best Albums of 2000".

Magnet (6-7/00, p.77) - "...Works within a tradition of records that owe as much to the Echoplex as they do to impending nervous breakdowns and squandered cash advances. And that's what makes it a keeper..."

CMJ (1/08/01, p.12) - Included in CMJ's "Best of the Year" for 2000.

CMJ (5/00, p.61) - "...Poignant and peculiar....suggesting a stoned...version of [the Flaming Lips'] eccentrics..."

CMJ (1/08/01, p.12) - Included in CMJ's "Best of the Year" for 2000.

CMJ (5/00, p.61) - "...Poignant and peculiar....suggesting a stoned...version of [the Flaming Lips'] eccentrics..."

Melody Maker (5/9/00, p.52) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Low-budget artwork, fuzzy synths and utterly bizarre song titles...all ring large, Pavement-sounding alarm bells....[the] opening track 'He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot' [is] one of the most perfectly crafted songs you'll hear..."

Melody Maker (5/9/00, p.52) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Low-budget artwork, fuzzy synths and utterly bizarre song titles...all ring large, Pavement-sounding alarm bells....[the] opening track 'He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot' [is] one of the most perfectly crafted songs you'll hear..."

Q (Magazine) (p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's the third in a trilogy of Great American Albums....THE SOPHOMORE SLUMP is ensured a glorious glowing half-life."

Mojo (Publisher) (6/00, p.100) - "...Warm and sunny (though unsettlingly so)...like the eels fronted by a young, easily-breakable Neil Young....The use of computers and electronic SFX emphasizing their dark, distorting, disturbing qualities..."

Mojo (Publisher) (6/00, p.100) - "...Warm and sunny (though unsettlingly so)...like the eels fronted by a young, easily-breakable Neil Young....The use of computers and electronic SFX emphasizing their dark, distorting, disturbing qualities..."

NME (Magazine) (12/30/00, p.77) - Ranked #12 in NME's "Top 50 Albums Of The Year" - "...The finest LP made by men with beards..."

NME (Magazine) (12/30/00, p.77) - Ranked #12 in NME's "Top 50 Albums Of The Year" - "...The finest LP made by men with beards..."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE SOPHTWARE SLUMP's themes of technological decay, alienation and the beauty of nature had been hinted at in Grandaddy's previous work, but here were rendered in Technicolor; radiant and often beautifully, desperately sad."

Uncut (magazine) (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the sense of oddly euphoric sadness that lingers most powerfully."
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