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Dept. of Disappearance

Jason LytleAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ANTI Records
  • ASIN: B008RPXPVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,630 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jeremy
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
Format:Audio CD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good stuff
Not quite Grandaddy material but getting close. I personally like it better than Yours Truly, The Commuter, more variety. Final Setting Sun and Matterhorn are my favorites.
Published 15 months ago by H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting offering from Lytle
There are a lot of shared themes between this and Yours Truly, The Commuter. Both openers (as noted by a certain music review website that tends to review mostly indie labels... Read more
Published 17 months ago by D. Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Fuller, denser and more experimental than his first solo album. To me, this feels like a Grandaddy album. Read more
Published 19 months ago by norm01
5.0 out of 5 stars jason lytle is back! love this cd from beginning to end.
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! Read more
Published 20 months ago by in the woods
4.0 out of 5 stars Great record
Lytle has really made a fantastic album, this one is very cohesive, I'd say more so than his previous solo album. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Crow
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeously soaring Americana songwriter experiments
2nd solo release out of Montana from former leader of the band Grandaddy. Gorgeously soaring
and poignant singer/songwriter tunes with perceptive self-searching lyrics and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Charlie Quaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Experimentation Compressed into Pop Songs
Jason Lytle is back after an extended absence following YOURS TRULY, THE COMMUTER. The former Grandaddy frontman's new solo album, DEPT OF DISAPPEARANCE is a really solid record. Read more
Published 21 months ago by T. A. Daniel
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