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  • Audio CD (May 9, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B000F3AAWU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What Happened...
2. Jeez Louise
3. Summer...It*S Gone
4. Oxygen / Aux Send
5. Rear View Mirror
6. The Animal World
7. Skateboarding Saves Me Twice
8. Where I*M Anymore
9. 50%
10. Guide Down Denied
11. Elevate Myself
12. Campershell Dreams
13. Disconnecty
14. This Is How It Always Starts

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Product Description

Spacey atmospherics, equal parts guitar and synth, and perfect pop songs seamlessly congeal into a potent distillation of the Grandaddy sound. Wonderfully ambitious, endlessly melodic, and surprisingly all encompassing, it's like a "Greatest Hits" made up entirely of brand new songs. "The best Grandaddy record thus far...the record pounces upon teary piano bridges, epic electronic washes, 'Sumday' style narratives, dissonant guitar-driven rockers, and six-plus minute prog-pop opuses" - Filter.

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As a farewell note, Just Like the Fambly Cat does its job. The final Grandaddy album reminds you of all the things that made the Modesto, California band special, while at the same time confirming all the reasons it never had the kind of mainstream breakthrough tasted by like-minded psychedelic pop adventurers like the Flaming Lips and Radiohead. It's at once uneven and inspiring, with lush tracks like "The Animal World" and "Campershell Dreams" setting the bar sky-high. But it's hard to ignore the sense of rot setting into the music, especially when beneath the luster of "Guide Down Denied," the band's brainchild Jason Lytle spells out his disillusionment so clearly: "All my friends are home indoors, reading about me, feeling sorry for the guy who tried." --Aidin Vaziri

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Repeated listening will reveal an inspired depth and vision.
Geoff Howard
I hate to see you go..... All of their albums are worth your time, I recommend you buy them.
Lame Dad
This album is as good as their earlier efforts and make it even harder to say goodbye.
David

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dak Tirque on May 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What a melancholy and wonderous listen...goodbye's are always so sad, especially when you know you'll never see them again. I wish the boys would tour in support, but alas...The album is great, what Grandaddy was meant to be (IMO). Do they blaze new trails into uncharted territory?..no, and I'm glad. I wanted the last Grandaddy album to be a Grandaddy album and they did a spectacular job. 14 tracks, 11 of which are magic, 2 hold there own, and then there is "..what happened..", the opener, which I will never skip on the CD player...it sets the tone for the last hurrah. The last 1/3 of the album is just plain ridiculous (in a good way). Elevate, Campershell, Disconnecty..OH MAN! It does indeed sound like a "best of" of all new songs...Crystalline production, as always...this will be in rotation for a LONG TIME. A pleasure to watch this band grow throughout the years...thanks Jason, Aaron, Tim, Jim and Kev...You're disconnected but we still love you! PEACE.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. J. Herndon on May 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ah, memories...

Just Like The Fambly Cat is most definitely a record for the fans. And this review is going to also be for the fans. Let's look back, one last time:

Remember "El Caminos in the West?" I do. I thought that was as rocking as Grandaddy was going to let themselves get. Boy was I wrong! Album opener (and appropriately named head-banger) "Jeez Louise" gets things going at full volume. Jason Lytle sings with more of a snarl than ever before.

Or how about "Broken Household Appliance National Forest?" What I loved about that song the first time hearing it through was Grandaddy's complete disregard for verse-chorus-verse. Instead, if they wanted a guitar solo, hell, there'd be a solo. The solo would fade out into silence, and then the verse would star up again. Track 3 on JLTFC, "Summer... It's Gone," takes turns that are just as unpredictable and exciting. I don't wanna ruin the surprise for you, but edgy pop songs turn into martian landscapes and back again.

And you know what, there's no shame in repeating the same four chords for five minutes. It worked wonders on "Laughing Stock," and it's even more powerful (much more) on "This is How it Always Starts." Digital whooshes break like waves over the "ooo"s and "aaa"s that have become a staple of the Grandaddy sound. And this time, I can't sense the slightest reservation in the vocal performance.

But this isn't just a record of rehashed ideas. There's a lot of new ground as well. "Elevate Myself" for instance is unlike any Grandaddy song I've ever heard. It seems to be a song about the struggles Jason Lytle has had being in this band, or writing music, or whatever it is that troubles him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Gotto on May 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a fitting encore album for a band that truly defined rainy day / space pop music. This album is a solid listen from start to end, and any true grandaddy fan will appreciate the return to form for the band. The Diary of Toddzilla EP foreshadowed the theme of this final opus by band leader Jason Lytle, expressing his melancholic distress about leaving his hometown of modesto, CA. While the anger is less prevalent in this release, clearly Lytle is moving on and I have a feeling this will not be the last music we hear from him personally (I hope anyways). The album ends with a rendition of ELO's outro "shangri-la" from their New World Record Album, complete with operatic overtures. Overall this is an excellent album and the band will be sorely missed in this day and age of uninspired new music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David VINE VOICE on May 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Although I really hate to have this band go, what a way to bow out. This sixty year old has been blown away by Grandaddy since their beginning. I have seen them twice (a third if you count playing with Giant Sand), and am constantly mesmerized by their unique sound. This album is as good as their earlier efforts and make it even harder to say goodbye. What a great album, I recommend it for everybody. I will really miss them!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kirk J. Mckinley on August 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It has been described as the Grandaddy greatest hits album that had yet been released. Lets be honest, though- this was written by many who are big Grandaddy fans. So is that blind lust, or more truthful than one would like to believe?

Well, it has its moments. There are moments where you are left with your throat swelling, chin quivering, and eyes tearing. Then, like most Grandaddy albums, well, things get a bit wierd. This time, meowing is involved.

Lets get the trivial negativity out of the way. One could very easily argue that this is a disjointed album that was overproduced, over-Grandaddy-fied, and suffered from the band breaking up along the way. There are three "filler" tracks that are just about 2 minutes and less that aren't really songs, but transitional pieces, intros/outros, or just plain "Hey, this sounds nice, lets throw this in here." There are less killer songs than on the other albums that stand out on the first listen. The Warming Sun? Not on this one. The solid pop rock album that was Sumday isn't here. And frankly, there is a lot more guitar and feedback on this album than in the past. one can read a heavy-handed disappointment with the recording industry into at least half the songs on this album. Jed is dead indeed. Cats have taken over this album from the computers.

NOW- having said that, I am in no way disinterested in this album, and one should not read too far into the above but take it with a grain of salt. Because lets be honest, Grandaddy makes some very lovely music as long as you can tolerate the bleeps, bloops, and blops. Where the Grandaddy greatest hits comes into play is that there are some amazing tracks on this album. The trio of Jeez Louise, Summer...
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Have Grandaddy called it quits? Is this their Swan Song ???
Yeah, I heard the band just isn't making enough money to continue. A true shame. Let's just hope that "Just Like the Fambly Cat" spawns a slew of radio hits and forces them out of early retirement.
Apr 12, 2006 by Matthew Brundage |  See all 2 posts
Nice Pavement imagery rip-off sleeve!
I have all the Pavement records, and I don't have any that look similar to this at all. The only thing they have in common is that a couple of pavement albums use collages...but alot of bands do that.

/I love Grandaddy and I love Pavement, but for completely different reasons and at completely... Read More
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