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Grandaddy|The Sophtware Slump (Deluxe Edition)

The Sophtware Slump (Deluxe Edition)

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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 /TiVo

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He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot
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Hewlett's Daughter
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Jed the Humanoid
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The Crystal Lake
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Chartsengrafs
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Underneath the Weeping Willow
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Broken Household Appliance National Forest
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Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)
00:03:25

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E. Knievel Interlude (The Perils of Keeping It Real)
00:01:58

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Miner At the Dial-A-View
00:05:21

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So You'll Aim Toward the Sky
00:04:43

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DISC 2

1
Discarded Pilot Intro
00:01:53

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2
Our Dying Brains
00:04:43

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3
L.F.O.
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4
Wives of Farmers
00:03:40

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5
Chartsengrafs (Original Demo)
00:01:50

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6
N. Blender
00:04:05

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7
Wonder Why In L.A.
00:04:32

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8
Air Conditioners in the Woods
00:00:08

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9
Moe Bandy Mountaineers
00:02:20

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10
First Movement / Message Send
00:08:08

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11
XD-Data-II
00:05:02

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12
Beautiful Ground (Original Cassette Tape Demo)
00:03:30

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13
Street Bunny
00:02:04

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14
She-Deleter
00:05:58

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15
What Can't Be Erased (Drinking Beer In the Bank of America With Two Chicks from Tempe Arizona)
00:04:28

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16
I Don't Want to Record Anymore
00:01:51

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17
Aisle Seat 37-D
00:04:07

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18
Hewlett's Daughter (Original Cassette Tape Demo)
00:04:33

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Rode My Bike to My Stepsister's Wedding
00:04:43

Grandaddy, MainArtist

2011 Entertainment One 2011 Entertainment One

Album Description

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 /TiVo

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