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Sumday

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Now It's On
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I'm On Standby
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The Go In The Go-For-It
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The Group Who Couldn't Say
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Lost On Yer Merry Way
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El Caminos In The West
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Yeah Is What We Had
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Saddest Vacant Lot In All The World
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Stray Dog And The Chocolate Shake
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O.K. With My Decay
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The Warming Sun
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The Final Push To The Sum
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 53:27

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Wondering Sound

Review 49

04.22.11
Grandaddy, Sumday
2003 | Label: IndieBlu Music / Entertainment One Distribution

Grandaddy were labelmates of ours on V2. I had one or two of their albums and didn't really listen to them straightaway, but somebody mentioned this album in particular to me, so I started playing it. It's just really good stuff. They've got that feel-good factor, they try a lot of different sounds, and they incorporate electronica in really interesting ways. They're just one of those bands that grab your curiosity.

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Every bit as good as Sophtware, but different

slidewell

It kills me to hear people say Sumday isn't as good as Sophtware Slump, etc. Jason Lytle really put together an excellent set of songs and took the next logical step of making a more polished (dare I say?) more professional album. Sumday hangs together as a real whole, each song building and supporting the others. There's echoes of ELO in the grand, symphonic synths, and a touch of the Beach boys in the vocal arrangements. An extremely satisfying piece of work for those who listen to Sumday's on it's own merits, not comparing it to the Sophtware Slump.

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Grandaddy's best

JakeR

I own all but one Grandaddy album (Under the Western Freeway) and do not understand how anybody could find this album disappointing. Every song is blow-you-away amazing. Every song. It's an album you have to play from start to finish. Now It's On is one of the best summer songs ever written. The Warming Sun is heart-wrenching. The Group Who Couldn't Say will be your mantra. The Go-in-the-Go-for-It your catch phrase. Pick up this album.

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boring

Crippelift

My favorite Grandaddy songs (most of Under the Western Freeway and Sophtware Slump) give me the same lonely feeling as those Ray Bradbury stories about space and/or the end of the world as we know it. The best that this album can conjure up is a vague Staggerford feel on Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shake. I bought all of Grandaddy's albums and eps trying to find more like the first two albums, but nothing else really compares, including this one. Bummer.

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drag and click

boztang

A few of these songs (#1 & #9) are instantly good. "The group who couldn't say" will burrow into your skin and infect you forever! An all time great lyric from this song: "her drag and click had never yielded anything as perfect as a dragonfly"

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Love Songs for Robots

2perishable

Great melodies, great lyrics ... a classic. This one is a grower. Give it time and you won't be able to put it away. Highlights are 1,2, 4, 9 and 10 and the rest of it.

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not their best

adamcpare

This is by no means a bad album and it has some great tracks. However I get the feeling that they aren't trying very hard on this record, and it's a little too same-y throughout. If you're new to grandaddy I would definitely get Sophtware Slump instead.

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greatest CD

natfromMQT

this cd is better than any that grandaddy has made. #9 is a personal favorite. i suggest this to anyone who is into music with a cool sound and great lyrics.

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proper track order

zer0

This is a great album. However, I think it is even BETTER if listened in THIS order, as opposed to the album's published order: Tracks 10-12 then...tracks 1-9 Give it a try. You'll be amazed at how it changes [improves] the experience.

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perfect

CraigRyan

This record is a masterpiece of pop perfection.

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A Grower for sure...

irk

I hated this record upon first listen, but after two or three more times through the songs started unpeeling themselves to me and exposing the meat, and I finally realized how great this record is. Try out Now It's On, I'm On Standby, Saddest Vacant Lot In All the World, or the last three tracks first. Then get the rest!

They Say All Music Guide

Three years after the critically acclaimed The Sophtware Slump, Grandaddy return with Sumday, which actually sounds more like a “sophtware slump” than their previous effort did. Like The Sophtware Slump, Sumday attempts to reconcile the technological with the personal, both musically and lyrically. Several of the songs seem inspired by the rise and fall of the dotcoms and Silicon Valley; this could have been a great opportunity for some interesting musical commentary, which is why it’s so disappointing that the results are bland and complacent. Musically, the album’s mix of chugging, fuzzy guitars, sparkly synths, and tinny drum machines is pleasant enough — it’s a mix of country-rock, soft rock, and new wave that suggests what a collaboration between Gram Parsons and the Alan Parsons Project might sound like — but it’s a little dated, and oddly enough, not as musically adventurous as The Sophtware Slump. Sumday’s sequencing emphasizes its failings; the album begins with eight similarly quirky, mid-tempo songs that, on the first few listens, blend into each other so seamlessly that the first two-thirds of the album sound almost like one 30-minute track. That may have been Grandaddy’s intention, but unfortunately it does their songs a disservice. Yet it’s the songwriting itself that makes Sumday so frustrating. Songs like “The Go in the Go-For-It,” “The Group Who Couldn’t Say” — a tale of corporate overachievers so bent on success that they’ve forgotten what it’s like to be outdoors — and “OK with My Decay” focus on feeling stuck, bored, alienated, and dissipated to the point that they tend to sound that way too. The resigned, cyber-slacker vibe that permeates the album also adds to the impression that it’s a relic from the recent past; the songs involving robots and e-mail, such as “I’m on Standby” and “Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shake,” feel downright quaint. Sumday does feature some worthwhile songs, however: the opening track, “Now It’s On,” is bouncy and engaging, while “Lost on Yer Merry Way” and “El Caminos in the West” manage to make the emotional leap from resigned to poignant. Not coincidentally, the few times when Grandaddy write songs about relationships rank among the album’s highlights. Sumday’s overall complacent sound actually suits “Yeah Is What We Had,” a lackadaisical look at a blasé relationship; “The Warming Sun” is a sweet apology to an ex that is among the most heartfelt songs the band has written; and “Saddest Vacant Lot in All the World,” with its rolling pianos, layered harmonies, and lovelorn vignettes, is much more evocative than most of the album, and sounds a bit like the Abbey Road-era Beatles performing “Mr. Bojangles,” to boot. Even though the album rallies in its second half, by the wannabe-epic closing track “The Final Push to the Sum,” it’s hard to escape how much effort was expended on these mostly disappointing songs about stagnation. It’s also unfortunate that Sumday comes out in the wake of the Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, an album that handles similar, the-world-is-shutting-down themes much more poetically and passionately. Thought-provoking and a bit of a downer in ways Grandaddy probably didn’t intend, Sumday, Rovi – Heather Phares

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