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The Sophtware Slump

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He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot
Hewlett's Daughter
Jed The Humanoid
The Crystal Lake
Underneath The Weeping Willow
Broken Household Appliance National Forest
Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)
E. Knievel Interlude (The Perils Of Keeping It Rea
Miner At The Dial-A-View
So You'll Aim Toward The Sky
Our Dying Brains
First Movement/Message Sent
Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 61:22

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Amelia Raitt


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 »

Grandaddy, The Sophtware Slump
2001 | Label: IndieBlu Music / Entertainment One Distribution

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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a good sound


one of those albums... not really a classic, yet I keep listening to it.

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Odd Compelling Combination


Having listened to this only once...I would have to put this as an odd cross between Stereolab (The repetitive electronic beats) Morrissey (Depressing lyrics sung sort of happily) and where Jason Lytle sounds like a mellow Gordan Gano from the violent femmes. It works though!

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Long drives at night


This record blows my mind every time I hear it. It's in my top 10 of all time. I didn't know what to make of it for a few listens...but I kept finding myself putting it on for long, late night drives home. I grew up listening to E.L.O. and I really love the way Grandaddy references that sound. Highlights: "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot" & Jed the Humanoid"

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He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot


I like track one a lot. The rest aren't that memorable to me. They're good. They just didn't do what Sumday did for me. I was kind of disappointed. But definitely get track one.

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grandaddy hits the sweet spot--wait,scratch that


grandaddy's sound is a mixture of all the bands I like. Be prepared for awesomeness.

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I love this.


I came across this album by accident. I am a fan of the actor David Hewlett and while surfing the net found Hewlett's Daughter. I dug the song so I downloaded the album. It is so great sad and creepy while at the same time beautiful and hopeful and fun. I love that I'm still figuring it out.

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changed my life


Really did. Maybe dated a bit due to copycats, but an incredible album, nonetheless. Check out Jim Fairchild's (guitar) new group All Smiles.

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Nothing Special


Far inferior to "Under the Western Freeway". It's the same music without the feel and depth. Get this one second.

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I can't remember why I downloaded this album but I'm very thankful I did, I put them into my regular rotation for awhile and they quickly grew on me, now they are one of my favorite finds, I don't know who to compare them to, they have a sound of their own, I've already downloaded Sumday and plan on grabbing a few more albums now.

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Grandaddy hit their peak with this piece of gold right here! Great play on words with the title, such gems as He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot and So You'll Aim Toward the Sky are epic in scope, and others like The Crystal Lake and Chartengrafs rock like only Grandaddy can. Others like Underneath the Weeping Willow and Jed the Humanoid have a sad (silly, but sad) tone to them that make you want to cry for no good reason. Download this album, plus the gems on the Signal to Snow ratio EP as well, which is out of print!

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. [The Japanese edition features bonus tracks.] – Heather Phares

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