Grandaddy
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Complex Party Come Along Theories , 5/10
Under The Western Freeway , 7/10
The Broken Down Comforter Collection , 7/10 (comp)
The Sophtware Slump , 6.5/10
Sumday (2003), 5/10
Just Like The Family Cat (2006), 6/10
Jason Lytle: Yours Truly The Commuter (2009), 5.5/10
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I Grandaddy sono un quintetto di Modesto, a sud di San Francisco, non troppo lontano dalla citta` dei Pavement, dei quali imitano l'approccio "lo-fi" ma con un piglio molto piu` melodico. Formati dal chitarrista e cantante Jason Lytle nel 1992, esordirono con un album autoprodotto di cui stamparono soltanto 200 copie, Complex Party Come Along Theories (1994), registrato da una formazione a tre (Kevin Garcia al basso e Aaron Burtch alla batteria).

Reclutarono poi il tastierista Tim Dryden e il chitarrista Jim Fairchild e pubblicarono gli EP Machines Are Not She (1995) e A Pretty Mess By This One Band (1997), in seguito raccolti su The Broken Down Comforter Collection (V2, 1999),

Under The Western Freeway (Will, 1997) e` l'album che li rivela. Le canzoni coniano un curioso genere di storia domestica e di pop senza pretese. I singoli (Summer Here Kids, il capolavoro, Laughing Stock, AM 180, Eveything Beautiful is Faraway ) sono orecchiabili senza essere banali, ma talvolta (Why Took Your Advice) il gruppo scivola nel melodismo stucchevole degli XTC. La semplicita` dei testi e` rispecchiata soltanto in parte dagli arrangiamenti: il genere di riferimento e` la ballata country piu` nuda, ma i Grandaddy la infarciscono di tenui e brevi rumori elettronici e chitarristici.

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1994

Complex Party Come Along Theories

Away birdies with Special sounds
Taster
Nebraska
Could this be love
Flairless
Kim you bore me to death
Egg hit and Jack too
Call Girl Call
Black Bats
Michael Barry
Untitled
Worship P
You drove your car into a moving train


1995

Machines Are Not She

Levitz
Lava kiss
For the Dishwasher
Wretched Songs
Sikh in a baja vw bug
Fentry


1997

A Pretty Mess By This One Band

Away birdies w / special sounds
Taster
Peeano
Kim, you bore me to death
Pre-Merced
Gentle spike resort
Egg hit and Jack too


1997

Under The Western Freeway

Nonphenomenal lineage
A.M. 180
Collective dreamwish of upperclass elegance
Summer here kids
Laughing stock
Under the western freeway
Everything beautiful is far away
Poisoned at Harsty thai food
Go progress chrome
Why took your advice
Lawn & so on


1998

The Broken Down Comforter Collection

Gentle spike resort
Wretched songs
Levitz
Away birdies
Kim, you bore me to death
For the dishwasher
Pre-Merced
Sikh baja VW bug
Lava kiss
Fentry
Taster
Egg hit and jack too


1999

Signal To Snow Ratio

Hand Crank Transmitter
Jeddy 3's poem
MGM Grand
Protected from the Rain


With the socio/sci-fi concept album The Sophtware Slump (V2, 2000) and its retro` electronic arrangements, Grandaddy's quirky pop a` la Sparklehorse reached a new level of sophistication. Lead-off nine-minute track He's Simple blends strumming folkish guitars a` la They Might Be Giants, King Crimson-ian mellotron and David Bowie-esque pensive hymn-like melodies. Basically, Grandaddy transitioned from a power-pop band to a new wave ensemble.
The oblique harmonies of Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips fuel naive ditties such as Hewlett's Daughter, The Crystal Lake, Miner at the Dial-A-View but augmented with the pomp and the gloss of 1970s techno-rock (Alan Parson, ELO). The rest straddles the line between folk, glam-rock and power-pop, with occasional strokes of genius (Jed's Other Poem).

Concrete Dunes (Lakeshore, 2002) is a collection of rarities.

Shunning the experimental side (and the angst) of the previous album, Sumday (V2, 2003) delivers accomplished and unprententious country-pop, but not much more. Thus the echoes of Electric Light Orchestra and Alan Parsons Project are even stronger in the poppier songs. Particularly catchy are Now It's On, The Go in the Go-For-It, Yeah Is What We Had. The atmosphere of the previous album still permeated El Caminos In The West and Saddest Vacant Lot in All the World, but the serious moments are rather encapsulated in the album's centerpiece, O.K. With My Decay, which is also the longest track on the album. This album adds little to Grandaddy's canon, and actually introduces a worrying element: it is always dangerous when musicians begin to think that they can write great lyrics (very few can), and Lytle may be entering that stage.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Paolo Latini)

Con il concept album socio/sci-fi The Sophtware Slump (V2, 2000) e i suoi arrangiamenti elettronici retrò, l'angolare pop à la Sparklehorse dei Grandaddy raggiunge un nuovo livelli di sofisticazione. La traccia principale di nove minuti He's Simple miscela strimpellii folk di chitarre à la They Might Be Giants, i mellotron dei King Crimsone le melodie-inni pensive di David Bowie. Fondamentalmente i Grandaddy dat power-pop band diventano un ensemble.
Armonie oblique degne di Mercury Rev e Flaming Lips alimentano le canzoncine naif come Hewlett's Daughter, The Crystal Lake, Miner at the Dial-A-View ma con l'aggiunta della pomposità e della lucentezza del techno-rock degli anni '70 (Alan Parson, ELO). Il resto è in equilibrio sulla linea tra folk, glam-rock e power-pop, con occasionali scolpi di genio (Jed's Other Poem).

Concrete Dunes (Lakeshore, 2002) è una raccolta di rarità. 

Sumday (V2, 2003)  evita le sperimentazioni (e le angoscie) del disco precedente, e sprigiona un compiuto e modesto country-pop, ma non molto altro. Le eco di Electric Light Orchestra e Alan Parsons Project sono sempre udibili sulle canzoni più pop: particolarmente orecchiabili sono Now It's On, The Go in the Go-For-It, Yeah Is What We Had. L'atmosfera dell'album precedente è rimasta con El Caminos In The West e Saddest Vacant Lot in All the World, ma i momenti più seri sono piuttosto da cercarsi nel baricentro dell'album, O.K. With My Decay, la traccia più lunga. Questo disco aggiunge poco al canone dei Grandaddy, e in verità introduce un elemento allarmante: è sempre pericoloso quando i musicisti cominciano a pensare di poter scrivere grandi testi (pochissimi lo possono veramente fare), e Lyte corre quel pericolo.

The seven-song EP Excerpts From The Diary Of Todd Zilla (Devil In The Woods, 2005) contains Cinderland and Florida.

Just Like The Family Cat (2006) is a concept album of sorts, devoted to a metaphorical journey (literally by a cat) that mirrors Lytle's existential journey. The songs are mature and competent, although they rarely (Summer It's Gone, Rear View Mirror) attain true greatness.

After the breakup of Granddady, Jason Lytle debuted solo with Yours Truly The Commuter (Anti, 2009), an honest album that sounded a bit outdated although, as usual, impeccably designed and performed (Yours Truly The Commuter, Ghost of My Old Dog).

(Translation by/ Tradotto da xxx)

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