Release Date: May 9, 2006
Record label: V2
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Grandaddy's 2000 masterpiece The Sophtware Slump was, like Radiohead's OK Computer, a brave, beautiful statement of millennial ennui. On their fifth album, however, the only blues frontman Jason Lytle is singing about are his own. Last year he bade farewell to his hometown of Modesto, California in the shape of a grumpy mini-album, and in January he announced he was dissolving the band.
Grandaddy's final album serves as a timely reminder of the group's strengths, as they manage to pull themselves out of the slump they were in and deliver a fine epitaph. Their previous album, Sumday, was a disappointment, a definite comedown from the heights of Sophtware Slump. It sounded like the work of a band coasting along without any commitment to the material -- a good band with some fine songs, but still failing to live up to its potential.