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The Sophtware Slump w/ Signal to Snow Ratio EP

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Disc 1 of 2
01
He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot
8:52  
02
Hewlett's Daughter
3:06  
03
Jed the Humanoid
4:18  
04
The Crystal Lake
5:00  
05
Chartsengrafs
2:51  
06
Underneath the Weeping Willow
2:40  
07
Broken Household Appliance National Forest
4:34  
08
Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)
3:25  
09
E. Knievel Interlude (The Perils of Keeping it Real)
1:57  
10
Miner at the Dial-A-View
5:21  
11
So You'll Aim Toward the Sky
4:43  
Disc 2 of 2
01
Hand Crank Transmitter
3:41  
02
Jeddy 3's Poem
2:07  
03
MGM Grand
2:37  
04
Protected From the Rain
4:01  
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Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 59:13

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Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

04.22.11
Grandaddy, The Sophtware Slump w/ Signal to Snow Ratio EP
2001 | Label: V2 US / V2 Records

The repeated mantra at the end of the opening track from Grandaddy's The Sophtware Slump goes like this: "You're giving in, 2000 Man." It goes on for what seems like an eternity — 30 whole seconds! — until lead singer Jason Lytle finally breaks out of his reverie and urges "2000 Man" not to give up. This struggle between man and progress is the major theme that runs throughout Slump, as Lytle makes his way… read more »

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Two great Albums !

Ryan.B

The Sophtware Slump is the best melodic, melancholic indie album I've heard, absolutely captivating. You have to listen to it many times to understand what I mean. Aren't the greatest albums those which require the most listening time because of their richness? I discovered this band with the video clip "The Crystal Lake" which is original and represents well the spirit of their music. Now that it's my favorite band (I have all their albums) I can say there are a lot of songs better than "The Crystal Lake". It's difficult to say what songs are the best on this album since it's very homogeneous. To be honest if you do not intend to download the entire album then I advise you "The Crystal Lake" because it can be detached from the album. Otherwise you'll need the entire album and must listen to it in the order. You can find the excellent bonus songs "Our Dying Brains" and "First Movement…" on the other album version which is also on eMusic. Signal to Snow Ratio is a GREAT melodic EP!

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don't give in 2000man

soeren

one of my favourite albums of the 21st century. a strange and beautiful concept album about broken technology and the people who deal with it - depressed robots, people watching the earth from a satelite, a dumb pilot and so forth... the music is charming, primitive but grand, garage guitar rock and piano ballads mixed together with electronic sounds. and then there is jason lytle's gentle vocals on top of it all. grandaddy is one of the most respectable american bands of the last few years, and they will be missed. if you haven't heard this one yet, you're in for a treat.

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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