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  • Summary: The Modesto, CA band returns with a concept album reminiscent of Radiohead's 'OK Computer.'
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 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.
  2. The perfect soundtrack for workers clearing out their cubicles and trudging away after their short-lived high-tech careers abruptly ended. The 11 songs capture a bittersweet tone perfectly -- sadly witnessing cultural wreckage and detritus but finding glimmers of beauty.
  3. The Sophtware Slump manages to sound reasonably fresh, yields its share of unshakable melodies, and excels in production. This is quite possibly the last great entry in the atmospheric pop canon.
  4. 80
    The use of computers and electronic SFX here emphasises their dark, distorting, disturbing qualities...
  5. 80
    What is most striking about The Sophtware Slump, besides the band's resonating compositions, is its subtle approach towards invoking a strong cathartic response. It's at times a sleepy record with songs that only work as an afterthought, or only make sense when you can focus enough attention on what the band is actually saying. But it has just enough on the surface to strike an initial interest that unfolds, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly, into the many brilliant aspects of this album and band.
  6. Grandaddy sound like a lo-fi ELO and, in frontman Jason Lytle, possess an admirably unusual songwriter. Sophtware Slump is more coherent than their 1997 debut Under The Western Freeway, Lytle having settled on a theme: knackered electronics.... Cheap, cheerful and utterly charming.
  7. Almost every song here seems unfinished, and while the The Sophtware Slump sounds great -- misfiring machines duel elegant pianos, guitars chug and grind, ancient synthesizers burst through the top end - it never goes much of anywhere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
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  1. Feb 25, 2011
    9
    It's Ok Computer's pop loving, dope smoking brother, and an album full of happy/sad surprises. It quietly announced the arrival of the noughties and became one of the best albums of the decade, without a doubt.
    Tremendous.
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