Yours Truly, The Commuter

  • Record Label: Anti
  • Release Date: May 19, 2009
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 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.
  2. Commuter may be a welcome return of an idiosyncratic talent, but it also finds Lytle a bit too stuck in his own head to stand alongside Grandaddy's most challenging, accomplished albums.
  3. Mojo
    60
    The record's familarity is nourishing rather than revelatory. [Jun 2009, p.99]
  4. Q Magazine
    60
    It's all overly familiar in the most reassuring way. [Jun 2009, p.125]
  5. Uncut
    60
    There is the odd suggestion here of a campfire Mercury Rev, but nothing to spook former fans. [Jun 2009, p.92]
  6. Lytle settles for repetitive mood-setters that merely re-shuffle the elements he’s been working with for more than a decade now, with no discernible progress or mastery.
  7. The tunes remain pleasantly unhurried, lush and laid-back but fail to stimulate. His small, fragile voice now seems slightly whiny and affected.
  8. Under The Radar
    40
    While Commuter for all intents and purposes revisits that same territory, it seems the well has begun to run dry as much of the album sounds like half-baked leftovers. [Spring 2009, p.66]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »