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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. To say Yours Truly is stuck in Grandaddy territory isn’t exactly a dig; that band produced four consistently solid records, and it turns out Lytle is as competent on his own as he is with friends
  4. The haunting tone unfurls itself further with every successive listen, making this an album worth returning to again and again. [June 2009, p.102]
  5. By not moving further away from the sound that defined him, instead choosing to use that sound as a blanket, retreating within it rather than escaping, Lytle shows us that the commuter is still trying to find his way home.
  6. 60
    The record's familarity is nourishing rather than revelatory. [Jun 2009, p.99]
  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
    7
    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 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
    7
    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, 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