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For those who've never spun a Grandaddy CD, this is as good a disc as any to start with. I'd say you could best describe them as a rock band with a dash of country, low-fi synth, and one of the more unique, memorable vocalists nowadays. They remind me most of The Flaming Lips, and Pet Sounds-eque Brian Wilson. They're an indie rock band without the anger or self-importance. Find another band like that.
After a bit of vocal clicking (meaning somebody saying "click... on... click... on...") Grandaddy kicks off into the catchy "Now It's On." Pensive robot-rock takes its place in this album ("I'm On Standby," the quirky "Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shake") along with music-biz criticism ("The Group Who Couldn't Say"). Finally it winds through wistful psychedelic pop ("Yeah is What We Had," "OK With My Decay") and piano ballads ("Saddest Vacant Lot In All The World") before finally asking, over and over, "What have I become?"
"Sumday" seems to introduce a more upbeat side to Grandaddy. "I wouldn't trade my place/I got no reason to be/weathered and withering/like in a season of the old me," Lyte informs us. Not that the music is all butterflies and light. It mood-swings between depression-laden songs and quirky little collages, before ending on a note of confusion.
The cool, shimmery music is grounded by Jason Lytle's distant voice and some okay percussion and some guitars, both fuzzy and regular. At one point in "Yeah Is What We Had," it even sounds like there are tambourines. The lyrics are solidly evocative, with the robots working late shifts in the dark, walking in a storm, and sweeping eerie landscapes.
"Sumday" is a lush indie-rock-pop collection with plenty of electronic flourishes. Another aural treat from Grandaddy, experimental and peculiar and sweet.
After hearing "The Crystal Lake" and "Miner at the Dial-a-View" on Internet radio in the summer of 2002, I raced out to buy "TSS". The rest of the songs on the album took a little longer to digest but settled into my brain after about half a dozen spins. As I compulsively do with all great albums, I anticipated the follow-up album to "TSS" like a little kid. Though burned many times over the years by bands like New Order and The Foo Fighters, I'm very satisfied with "Sumday".
"Sumday"'s opening track, the highly endearing "Now It's On" (why aren't alternative stations playing this?) is a great lead-off. As the songs domino along, overload sets in and it becomes apparent that Grandaddy has given us way too much to make sense of in the first sitting. As a testament to the sophistication of GD's music, "Sumday", like "TSS", takes several plays to understand and appreciate. Once that happens, listeners should find every song quite pleasant. This album certainly won't fire up a frat party but it's unbeatable as background music while working on the computer or to keep spirits up on a long road trip.
Grandaddy has the perfect combination of musical integrity, talent and obscurity (for now) to make them my favorite band. I'm looking forward to seeing them in concert in September and I share the band's sentiment in hoping that they "won't get too fed up with the music business" as I'm already looking forward to their next album.
I find this new record insidious; it gets under your skin with each repeated playing, with new, interesting little morsels of goodness revealing themselves. You have to sit down to listen to this CD, loud, and preferably on good equipment. I kinda liked the album when I heard it on my car's so-so system, but when I popped it into my Discman and heard it on my studio headphones (highly recommended), that's when it hit me: These guys are making some of the most interesting rock music out there. If it wasn't for Grandaddy, Radiohead, Flaming Lips, Earlimart, Badly Drawn Boy and Dandy Warhols, hell, I'd be very pessimistic about the state of rock music in the world.
Give this album a chance if you're into spacey rock/folk stuff. And if you're here sampling their songs on Amazon and you're hearing them on crappy computer speakers, just know you're truly not experiencing the nuances of this music.
Finally, yes, their old stuff -- especially the previous album -- is brilliant, but I feel Sumday is just as passionate and inventive.
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Great music however even though it was "still in packaging" it had scratches on the disc that messed with the audio quality.Published on January 11, 2014 by Zachary Ruth
I just wanted to rate it a 4 star because I liked it. I shouldn't have to quantify my reasons. Grandaddy's album is just nice music to groove to while doing something.Published on August 31, 2013 by Ralph P Carlisle Jr
I absolutely love Grandaddy, I don't see how so many people hate change, Yes, the old albums were the original "One Two punch" but this offers a good variety (They're not an... Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Greg Krem
heard this cd from a friend of mine and loved it so i got it. many good tunes on it.Published on April 14, 2013 by HarryC
this is one of my favorite albums. It works well as a whole, with songs ebbing and flowing between light & dark, upbeat & somber. Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Cameron DeVries
Overstatement? Depends. On something. This is my favourite album of all time, and that probably means nothing to you. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by t-bomb
A simplistic, yet deceptively deep alternative pop rock release from this recently disbanded group yields much in between the overt catchiness and sometimes corny... Read more
This album really blew me away, these guys should be much better known. But part of their problem is that if the listen has heard some other big mainstream bands they will think... Read morePublished on May 2, 2007 by B. Gangel
Very interesting music which definitely should have a wider audience, but alas I believe is no more? Read morePublished on January 28, 2007 by Mitchell Howard