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Dept. of Disappearance

Jason LytleAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ANTI Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dept. of Disappearance - 4:32
2. Matterhorn - 5:15
3. Young Saints - 4:08
4. Hangtown - 3:52
5. Get Up and Go - 2:16
6. Last Problem of the Alps - 5:44
7. Willow Wand Willow Wand - 3:48
8. Somewhere There's a Someone - 6:15
9. Chopin Drives Truck to the Dump - 0:34
10. Your Final Setting Sun - 5:10
11. Gimme Click Gimme Grid - 8:14

Editorial Reviews

Founder, leader, singer, songwriter & primary instrumentalist of Grandaddy, Jason Lytle once again unleashes the skewed vision and haunting melodicism that have made lifelong fans of his music. He compares the songs on his latest album Dept. Of Disappearance to a roomful of "strange, brilliant autistic kids with very peculiar social skills. But there are a few conventional, good-looking ones who go out and shake hands and get the good jobs. Then they come home and help take care of the other weird, wonderful ones."

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves to be heard December 20, 2012
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I was floored when Pitchfork gave this album a lowly 5.9, because Dept. of Disappearance is really such an accomplished and cohesive statement and a real enjoyment to listen to. Sure it can be thematically bleak at times, but it's hard not to fall for Lytle's confessional delivery and typically lush arrangements. I get that some people find him an aloof (or even chilly) presence on record, but the reality is that his aesthetic is so unique it's hard to pigeonhole him or his singular songwriting mind. He's a true American original, and we're lucky to have him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another emotionally charged, wonderful album November 25, 2012
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I've been listening to Grandaddy for over 5 years now, and I could not be more pleased with this new cd by Jason Lytle. It's some of the most personal, down to earth music I've heard. Really good soundtrack for personal reflection or a peaceful walk through nature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jeremy
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This is a great solo CD from Jason Lytle. It's not as rocking as Grandaddy but still very sincere and beautiful.

UPDATE: 12/19/12 I've been listening to this album repeatedly for weeks now. It has grown on me to the point of being my favorite album of 2012.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying November 9, 2012
By Peter M
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A nice diverse selection of classic Lytle tracks, from fun and bubbly, to intensely melancholy. Not quite as good as his debut album, but still definitely worth getting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bold, Brilliant and Beautiful November 5, 2012
By Ryan P
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Dept of Disappearance is as GRAND as any Lytle/Grandaddy album has ever been. His vocals have never sounded better. Jason is a master at recording himself! His signature "oooohs and ahhhs" have never been more beautiful. Also, I think this may be his BEST synthesizer work ever. He took his familiar bleeps and bloops to another level. The synth sounds are flat out amazing. Even jaw-dropping at times.
Jason says his goal is to make each album better than the last. He met the goal! And that says a lot considering his last album (Yours Truly) was also pretty dang good. The songs on Dept are epic and long. As a big fan of "Sumday" I'm one of those people who usually thinks 3 1/2 minutes are enough for a song. And as a songwriter/recorder myself I know that it can be a challenge to keep a song interesting after the 3 minute mark. However, this is not a problem for Jason Lytle. These songs never get dull. They're just as long as they need to be. No more and no less. The arrangements and orchestration are really top notch. I think Jason Lytle is completely on top of his game right now.
The subject matter of the album is a bit dark. There's a lot about death and dying. But, that subject was approached so tastefully that it's hard to complain. The darkness of the album makes the bright moments shine even brighter. Again, just a fantastic job all around. With vocals, synth and orchestration so great, I think Dept of Disappearance deserves 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed! October 16, 2012
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Melodic, melancholy, lovely. This album is like a sweet memory wrapped in hope and tucked under your favorite blanket, which is waiting for you to just climb under it and get warm...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still Going Away December 21, 2012
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I have listened to Jason Lytle for some time and most of his works, both solo and with Granddaddy, are similar though each album does go on it's own way. Department of Disappearance does sound as though he is trying to stay out of the limelight or at least discusses the concept though not all songs go that route. The album is a little slow and I don't believe it is as good as Yours Truly, the Commuter (his other solo project) but I still recommend it. More could be said but I am here only to give an overview of what I think and not to be a critic.
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jason lytle is back! love this cd from the beginning to the end,my favorite song is(willow wand willow wand)...beautiful stuff! so if you liked grandaddy you'll love this! ...oh! and allways wondered what jason would sound like if he teamed up w/producer dave fridmann(mercury rev,mgmt etc.)and david bowie!? -although he is doing quite well on his own.
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