Rocking the beard look waaaaay before anyone else Grandaddy disappeared for far too long but are now back to remind us of their other worldly and grandiose take on Cosmic American Music. Lead track 'A Lost Machine' will whet your tastebuds if you think Mercury Rev never topped 'Deserters Songs' or if you wish ELO would come back...or indeed if you like Grandaddy.
Vinyl LP £17.99 88985415751
LP on Columbia.
7/10 Richard 14th March 2017
'The Software Slump' remains one of the best records of the last 20 years for me. It's ability to be both uplifting and heart-breakingly sad at the same time has always impressed me, and it nursed me through my 20's at regular intervals, almost becoming the soundtrack to the noughties personally. The issue with that is that every Grandaddy record since has felt like a bit of a let down. Not bad by any means. Just not great.
'Last Place' seems no exception to this rule. It's a good record, very good in parts ('That's What You Get For Gettin' Outta Bed' is not only lovely it harks back to that slacker image that Grandaddy perfected), but it doesn't really add anything new to the mix. There are moments that recall all of the best bits found on previous albums, and it does hang together quite well as a whole. It does however feel a bit 'Granddaddy by numbers'.
I should re-emphasise that this is not a bad thing as Grandaddy are a great indie band - one of the very best, but I wanted more, especially after ten years away.
It also appears to be more of a Jason Lytle record as upon closer inspection of the sleeve notes it seems that Jason has written and performed the entire record, save for the drumming which Butch provides as wonderfully as he ever did in Grandaddy. That's no surprise on hearing the LP as it mirrors more of his solo work too, but even then falls short of the excellent 'Dept. of Disappearance'. A shame then but still worth picking up if that Grandaddy shaped hole in your life needs filling.
PS. LP includes a download code valid until March 2018 and is on brown vinyl (initial press). I know Phil loves brown so thought I should mention it!
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