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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Sumday doesn't so much represent a stylistic change for Grandaddy as it does a change in attitude. The Sophtware Slump, its predecessor, superbly combined low-budget experimentalism and country-tinged American pop to evoke... more »
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Sumday doesn't so much represent a stylistic change for Grandaddy as it does a change in attitude. The Sophtware Slump, its predecessor, superbly combined low-budget experimentalism and country-tinged American pop to evoke everyone from the Flaming Lips to Neil Young to ELO. Sumday finds the California band conducting business as usual, though exhibiting a noticeably brighter mood. "I got not reason to be weathered and withery / Like in the season of the old me," Jason Lytle sings on opener, "Now It's On," demonstrating a newfound optimism that rears its sunny head throughout the album. "The Group Who Couldn't Say" could have been a bitter tirade against the music industry, but it's not, saved by Lytle's fragile voice, which is sweet without being naïve. "Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shake," meanwhile, is carried along by a bouncy keyboard riff that's reminiscent of Under the Western Freeway's "A.M. 180," but with more playful lyrics. Even slower, more melancholy songs such as "Yeah Is What We Had," "The Warming Sun," and "Saddest Vacant Lot in All the World" retain the quality that Grandaddy's trademark sound: simple music played on a grand scale. --Robert Burrow
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Wes | World Citizen, Earth | 08/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What an amazing band they were. Having just discovered "Fambly Cat" I sought out earlier albums and I am amazed at this one. Tracks 2-7 are absolute perfection. I've just spent the last few hours listening repeatedly, over and over and over again to "El Caminos In The West" - that is a song which is so perfect it is beyond belief. Everything about that song is done exactly right: production, cadence, tone. It is a brilliant example of what happens when everything just comes together and WORKS. I could listen to that track indefinitely and not tire of it. That is truly a great experience, to discover perfect songs like these and really feel them."
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IRate | 09/14/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
A simplistic, yet deceptively deep alternative pop rock release from this recently disbanded group yields much in between the overt catchiness and sometimes corny production. Taking even the melodic simplicity (not to mention cheap) of "Stray Dog And The Chocolate Shake", one can see the band's unique talent for turning lemons into lemonade. Most songs drift in and out of the lethargic drumming with a surprising amount of thought put into the relatively simple chord progressions. In effect, Sumday certainly does not break any new ground, but emphasizes itself quite nicely, and consistently, with the limited vocabulary this band is dealing in. Fans of Mercury Rev and Sparklehorse in their more mellow modes should feel right at home."