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The Sophtware Slump w/ Signal to Snow Ratio EP

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Disc 1 of 2
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He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot
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Hewlett's Daughter
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Jed the Humanoid
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The Crystal Lake
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Chartsengrafs
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Underneath the Weeping Willow
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Broken Household Appliance National Forest
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Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)
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E. Knievel Interlude (The Perils of Keeping it Real)
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Miner at the Dial-A-View
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So You'll Aim Toward the Sky
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Hand Crank Transmitter
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Jeddy 3's Poem
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MGM Grand
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Protected From the Rain
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 59:13

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Clafou and his girlfriend are idiots

rollcallcitizen

This album is pure beauty. I have to say in Clafou's defense, though, he and his girlfriend are probably young and ignorant to popular rock music. Being from Europe, where all the electro bleeps and farts come from these days, it would be hard for them to understand how ironic vintage electronic sounds fit into the context of clunky american guitar rock. Listen to late Blur, or Graham Coxon's solo stuff, really dude, you (Clafou) sound more like an american yuppie than a Dubliner (or whatever you call yourself). No offense mate, but go back to your Daft Punk or Black Eyed Peas. I think that pretty much runs the gamut of what you youngsters think is a quality knowledge of music.

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not perfect, but not far off

washwhatyoueat

Find another song about an alcoholic robot constructed of kitchen utensils that makes you wanna cry! Despite some occasional cheese ball Styx synths and sophtomoric lyrics (sorry, couldn't resist), this is still a hands down modern indie rock classic...

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America's answer to O.K. Computer

EfrimPentagon

I believe it to be such a powerful album. It is indeed a sadish album but it moves past the sadness and is not dragged down with it. Hewlett's Daughter is amazing. An treasured an album as Radiohead's OK computer.

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Not for everyone

Clafou

I bought the CD at the time of its release after reading a review, and it was my biggest disappointment ever... I just hated this album. Filled with sad songs with a krappy electronic sounds that makes me cringe. My girlfriend and I often joke about it, we think that giving this album as a present would be the most abominable thing to do to someone. But then again, many people like this apparently...

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Never Too Old For This Album

El-Ahrairah

Grandaddy's best. This album is emotionally provoking, as well as musically inspiring. "He's Simple. He's Dumb. He's The Pilot." is one of the best songs to have ever been made, and "Jed's Other Poem" is an intense yet smooth ride. Can't get over this album.

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ebbs and flows

tania

If you get tracks 4 & 5, you're in the clear. those songs are awesome. Some tracks just meander too much though. All in all I like it, however. Still, those two songs, they're the best. Apparently there's an extra ep attached here.

They Say All Music Guide

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 “Chartsengrafs” 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. – Heather Phares

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