Sumday - Grandaddy
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  • Summary: The best indie rock band to come out of Modesto, California in quite some time (well, ever, we'd think) returns with a long-awaited fourth LP, arriving a full three years after The Sophtware Slump thanks to worldwide tours and a lengthy recording process.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 100
    A warm and deeply engaging snapshot of fractured relationships and existential dread. [Aug 2003, p.116]
  2. Sumday is all glorious, throbbing heart.
  3. 80
    It's a compelling psychological study set to lovely tunes. [Jul 2003, p.114]
  4. Scattered with belated dispatches from the wreckage of the dot-bom, Sumday is knowingly archaic and all-consumingly derivative.
  5. It's just not quite as great as some of us dared to hope.
  6. This is a surprisingly homogenous set of tunes, and on the whole, the album can make for a rather repetitive listen.
  7. Adherence to stock chord progressions, interminably chugging guitars and a dearth of new ideas since 2000's The Sophtware Slump gives the impression that Sumday is Grandaddy-by-rote.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. RBrown
    Mar 13, 2006
    10
    Three years later, the most frequently played album in the CD player. Patiently waiting for next full length release.
  2. JeffD
    Jun 24, 2003
    10
    Unlike most great albums that take at least a couple listens to get into, this album jumps out and grabs you from the first to the last note. Unlike most great albums that take at least a couple listens to get into, this album jumps out and grabs you from the first to the last note. This is probably the only album I have ever heard that is playable for my grandparents, parents, and kids at the same time. The Sophtware Slump is a great album too, but how can anybody like that melancholic album more than a great, happy, summery album like this one. Expand
  3. HectorP
    May 28, 2003
    10
    Ohhh.. it doesn't get much better than this. The best album of the year.. maybe the last 10 years. I received a promo copy a month ago Ohhh.. it doesn't get much better than this. The best album of the year.. maybe the last 10 years. I received a promo copy a month ago and it's the only thing I've listened to since. Expand
  4. AlbertEinstein
    Jun 24, 2003
    10
    I just recently discovered Grandaddy and their "Sophware Slump", so I really didn't have any particular expectations for "Sumday". Maybe I just recently discovered Grandaddy and their "Sophware Slump", so I really didn't have any particular expectations for "Sumday". Maybe that was a good thing, because I enjoyed it very much. In fact, I found it more consistent and focused than "Slump". If you're aware of Jason Lytle's influences, you shouldn't be surprised where Grandaddy's sound is heading. If you're expecting Radiohead, you will probably be disappointed. Not me. I found "Sumday" way more entertaining than Hail To The Thief. To me, the pleasures of Sumday came totally out of the blue. ;o) Guess some of the old fans will be scared away, but many new ones (like myself) will emerge. PS. John A...Actually ELO released a new record in 2001 called "Zoom". Great stuff! Now it's on! ;o) Expand
  5. AlB
    May 30, 2003
    9
    This is the most diverse and consistent album Grandaddy has ever made. The melodies are stronger; the lyrics are more incisive; and its a This is the most diverse and consistent album Grandaddy has ever made. The melodies are stronger; the lyrics are more incisive; and its a fuller palate of sounds. There are (at least) four singles here, but its the album tracks like 'Off On Yer Merry Way' and 'The Warmest Sun' that hit the strongest emotionalchord. Just a really great record - I'll be enjoying summer 2003 that's for sure! Expand
  6. P.Jiguryo
    Jul 26, 2003
    9
    By far, one of the best albums of 2003. It ranks up there with the rest of the all-time favorites of the indie and alt-rock segment. Thanks, By far, one of the best albums of 2003. It ranks up there with the rest of the all-time favorites of the indie and alt-rock segment. Thanks, Lytle and the gang. Expand
  7. benjaminbunny
    Nov 4, 2003
    8
    No, it's not the mini-masterpiece that was '"The Sophtware Slump"--"Sumday" lacks the thematic cohesion and colorful analog palette No, it's not the mini-masterpiece that was '"The Sophtware Slump"--"Sumday" lacks the thematic cohesion and colorful analog palette that made that disc so memorable. However more homogenous the instrumentation is here, "Sumday" claims its beauty in simplicity and lyrical honesty. In songs like "I'm On Standby" and "The Final Push To The Sum," Jason Lytle's personal struggles are more straightforward or autobiographic than the more narrative-based tracks from "TSS." And frankly, despite some redundancy, "Sumday"'s warm melodies really are endlessly listenable, I've been playing this record for months now and have yet to get remotely tired of it. Recommended. Expand

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