1. (00:08:52) Grandaddy - He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot
2. (00:03:06) Grandaddy - Hewlett's Daughter
3. (00:04:18) Grandaddy - Jed the Humanoid
4. (00:04:59) Grandaddy - The Crystal Lake
5. (00:02:51) Grandaddy - Chartsengrafs
6. (00:02:40) Grandaddy - Underneath the Weeping Willow
7. (00:04:34) Grandaddy - Broken Household Appliance National Forest
8. (00:03:25) Grandaddy - Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)
9. (00:01:57) Grandaddy - E. Knievel Interlude (The Perils of Keeping It Real)
10. (00:05:20) Grandaddy - Miner at the Dial-A-View
11. (00:04:43) Grandaddy - So You'll Aim Toward the Sky
Playing Time.........: 00:46:44
Total Size...........: 64.28 MB
Active in the 1990s and early 2000s, these Modesto, California natives specialized in alternative rock that was paradoxically electronic and futuristic while remaining strangely organic and rustic. Their farmhand look indicated that they lean towards the latter, but their knack for computer-based sounds, particularly on their acclaimed SOPHTWARE SLUMP, revealed that they drew as much influence from Radiohead as from Neil Young. Led by singer-songwriter Jason Lytle, the band built a large fan base through endless touring and consistently engaging albums.
Picking up where their Signal to Snow Ratio EP left off, Grandaddy's wittily named second album The Sophtware Slump upgrades the group's wry, country-tinged rock with electronic flourishes that run through the album like fiber-optic lines. Arpeggiated keyboards sparkle on "Hewlett's Daughter" and "The Crystal Lake," and wind, birds, and transmissions hover around the songs' peripheries, suggesting a Silicone Valley landscape. Jason Lytle's frail, poignant vocals provide a bittersweet counterpoint to the chugging guitars and shiny electronics that envelop him like a cockpit or a cubicle on "Chartsengrafsmore…" and "Broken Household Appliance National Forest" and set the tone for melancholy ballads like "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot," "Miner at the Dial-a-View," and "Jed the Humanoid," the story of a forgotten, alcoholic android. Lost pilots, robots, miners, and programmers try to find their way on The Sophtware Slump, an album that shares a spacy sadness with Sparklehorse's Good Morning Spider and Radiohead's OK Computer. Though it's a little more self-conscious and not quite as accomplished as either of those albums, it is Grandaddy's most impressive work yet and one of 2000's first worthwhile releases.