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  • Summary: The Modesto, Calif. band has announced that it will break up after the release of this final 14-track album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 92
    This is the best Grandaddy record thus far. [#19, p.92]
  2. If this is Lytle’s last musical missive, he’s left us with a complete, if unfocused, dossier of his genius.
  3. 80
    Everything now seems as worn out and used up as Lytle's subjects, along with the imagery that brings them to life. [Jun 2006, p.108]
  4. Just Like the Fambly Cat, even more than Grandaddy's past works, carries the weight of death.
  5. It's a likeable little niche that Lyttle has carved out for himself in the indie-pop landscape, and, as he bids adieu to Grandaddy, one hopes that he continues to explore this style in ways that are more challenging than parts of Cat.
  6. 60
    Equal parts bang and whimper. [Jun 2006, p.81]
  7. Fambly Cat just serves to underscore how good Grandaddy has been by rehashing without improving or building.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Brendan
    Jun 8, 2006
    I don't know if it's the BEST Grandaddy record, but this is a pretty boss record in and of itself. From the creepy "What Happened?" to the stunning "Shangri-La," the record is again perfect from start to finish, the third time in a row Grandaddy's managed to do that. It's a pity they won't be putting out any more music; we've lost one of the greatest bands of the last decade this year. Expand
  2. sk
    May 16, 2006
    10/10 i ll love them forever
  3. saetta
    Jun 3, 2006
    Sad farwell from a band that rivals radiohead and pink floyd. Never got that recognition. I will miss them very much!
  4. db
    May 9, 2006
    I love me the grandaddy.
  5. MarkM
    May 20, 2006
    Like all rock masterpices this album is enjoyable on first listen and plants tiny hooks in your brain. As the hooks grow you want to listen to nothing else. Thank you for one last blast of brilliance. Expand
  6. steve
    Aug 2, 2006
    fantastico . can't stop playing this kitty .
  7. bizzlefitz
    May 14, 2006
    For a album hinged on departure, Grandaddy did not capitalize on the concept of "end." I find myself humming other Grandaddy tunes while listening to this record. While much better than the Todzilla EP and the Flaming Lips' latest catastrophe, Fambly Cat does very little to progress their sound. Every band must have a greatest record;in Grandaddy's case that record was Software Slump. Expand

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