Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump

The Sophtware Slump is the second studio album by American indie rock band Grandaddy. It was released on May 29, 2000, through record label V2. It is seen by some as a concept album about problems concerning modern technology in society.

AMG review: 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. — by Heather Phares

 

Sophtware Slump Tracklist

  1. 00:00 He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s ThePilot
  2. 08:52 Hewlett’s Daughter
  3. 11:59 Jed The Humanoid
  4. 16:18 The Crystal Lake
  5. 21:18 Chartsengrafs
  6. 24:09 Underneath The Weeping Willow
  7. 26:50 Broken Household Appliance National Forest
  8. 31:24 Jed’s Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)
  9. 34:49 E. Knievel Interlude (The Perils Of Keeping It Real)
  10. 36:47 Miner At The Dial-A-View
  11. 42:08 So You’ll Aim Toward The Sky

Sophtware Slump

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