Grandaddy – Under the Western freeway

      Nitsuh Abebe: ‘Being from northern California, Grandaddy always gets compared to Pavement — and rightly so, in some respects — but this probably isn’t the best way to start on the band. Some of the tracks on Under the Western Freeway are more in the Weezer vein (“Summer Here Kids,” “A.M. 120”), and the few that are truly reminiscent of Pavement are more like Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain’s drawling “Range Life” than the angular guitar work more usual from Pavement. Comparisons aside, what’s important is that Under the Western Freeway is a fairly brilliant album, combining a warm, earnest, and rustic feel with sometimes goofy experimentation (looped drums, bleeping keyboard hooks) — and it’s all very pleasant and friendly. And what’s more, these guys can write a solid, catchy melody. A couple listens to tracks like “Nonphenomenal Lineage” and “Go Progress Chrome” make this all too clear.’

 

Grandaddy – Under the Western freeway Tracklist

  1. Nonphenomenal Lineage
  2. A.M. 180
  3. Collective Dreamwish Of Upperclass Elegance
  4. Summer Here Kids
  5. Laughing Stock
  6. Under The Western Freeway
  7. Everything Beautiful Is Far Away
  8. Poisoned At Hartsy Thai Food
  9. Go Progress Chrome
  10. Why Took Your Advice
  11. Lawn & So On

Grandaddy - Under the Western freeway

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