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Classic Album Review: Grandaddy | Sumday

Jason Lytle & his Modesto psych-pop outfit will win you over with their third album.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Remember the good old days when your favourite band put out two albums a year? Not anymore, bucko.

Thankfully, if you happen to be a Flaming Lips fan, there is one way to tide yourself over until their next album: Pick up the glorious and gorgeous Sumday, the third full-length from Modesto psych-pop outfit Grandaddy. Between the strummy acoustic guitars, the mid-tempo grooves, the prettily bittersweet melodies, the lightly psychedelic arrangements, the electro-slacker approach, the squishy synthesizer injections, the soothing near-falsetto croon of leader Jason Lytle and — perhaps most importantly — the quirky technophobia of tunes like I’m On Standby, The Group That Couldn’t Say and Now It’s On — you’ll be in no rush for the Lips to get back in action. Though you’ll probably wish Lytle would start putting out two CDs a year.