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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ANTI Records
  • ASIN: B008RPXPVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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 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. It's an great album to close your eyes and get lost in. All of these tracks are layered with textured guitars with the occasional electronic flutters. If you're looking for a nice, warm record that serves well for listening as well as for background music, you could definitely do worse than DEPT OF DISAPPEARANCE. In my opinion, Lytle's vocals have never been better, and his voice suits the music he's composed for this record. My only complaint is that this record is loaded on the front end: many of the really good songs are stacked in the first half of the album, leaving the last half to lurch towards the finish line. At its best, this album creates some fantastic music to be carried away in -- at worst, it sounds like Lytle is trying to recreate the magic of previous work.

Fans of Lytle's previous work (or his collaboration with Danger Mouse and Mark Linkous on DARK KNIGHT OF THE SOUL) should check this record out. The first track is a good indicator as to whether or not you will like the album, so give it a try! Essential tracks to sample/download: "The Department of Disappearance," "Matterhorn," and "Somewhere There's a Someone."

Additional Release Information!: The deluxe edition of DEPT OF DISAPPEARANCE comes with four extra tracks: "Flyerbonk," "Elko in the Rain," and alternate versions of "Hangtown" and "Your Final Setting Sun." The acoustic version of the latter track is definitely slowed down (it's an extra two minutes), but it's an interesting contrast to the original. The other tracks are worth getting, and if you're a Jason Lytle fan, you might as well pick these up (rather than wait another 3 or 4 years for a full-length album).
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Jason continues his incredible song writing and gets into some deeper, darker territory here with songs like Young Saints and Willow Wand Willow Wand. Love it and can't listen to it enough. Am I the only one who would really dig it if Jason tried doing some twangy country songs though?
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