Yours Truly, The Commuter Image

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  • Summary: The ex-Grandaddy singer releases his debut solo album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. This album cherry-picks a lot of the best ideas from his past work and sets a new baseline, which will simultaneously please fans of his old band and allow him to vault into the future. [Spring 2009, p.66]
  2. 78
    While he doesn't exude happiness throughout all 12 tracks, there's a feeling of contentment with his newfound solitude. Clearly, Lytle's time away has recharged him, even if it's in a way that reflects a more mellow life. [Spring 2009, p.92]
  3. Yours Truly, The Commuter, Lytle's solo debut, is a sweetly sad collection of fuzzed-out odes to frustration (the bouncy title track) and furry friends.
  4. Although Commuter is nearly musically indistinguishable from a Grandaddy record, it feels comforting to have Lytle back, to hear him working through his issues with new music.
  5. 60
    The record's familarity is nourishing rather than revelatory. [Jun 2009, p.99]
  6. It's all overly familiar in the most reassuring way. [Jun 2009, p.125]
  7. The music simply crawls by in a maddeningly static mid-tempo blur, going about its melancholy business on the way to nowhere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. discombobulator
    May 21, 2009
    I was a Grandaddy fan, and on his own its more of the same. I did kinda hope that he was holding something back for his solo debut. Not on this one. That's not saying I don't like it...hey. Expand
  2. FlubbyB
    May 25, 2009
    The music is still so distinctly him, but it just doesn't hit me with the same impact that Sophtware Slump or Sumday did. However, it's still nice to have new material. Expand