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The Sophtware Slump Import


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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Will
  • ASIN: B00020PMBK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,298,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Beautiful Freak VINE VOICE on 3 Jan 2005
Format: Audio CD
Are you feeling open-minded? Then I'll begin. The Sophtware Slump is one of the oddest albums you will ever buy, but what the hell: it's genius. This is an album of contrasts and innovation: lo-fi tunes, pondering lyrics, angsty vocals and great instumentation.
The Crystal Lake and Hewlett's Daughter are both lovely tunes that you may just surprise yourself by singing along to. Next to them nestles the bizarre, sardonic and totally deadpan Jed the Humanoid: with lyrics and delivery ("Jeddy 3 is what we first called him/Then it was Jed/But Jed's system's dead/Therefore so's Jed") that are understated, quirky and yet somehow powerful. There are Meanings in there, folks, and all sorts of emotions lurking: love, loss, bewilderment, but at the same time there's dry humour and an endearing simplicity that makes this unforgetable.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By YetiDog on 8 Jun 2001
Format: Audio CD
Read all the other reviews and I concur wholeheartedly with most of them.Don't think I can add a great deal,I just felt compelled to contribute as the album is such a beautiful experience. Personally I preferred this to their debut which,although excellent,doesn't hang together quite as fully as this one. Anyhow,don't want to pick out fave tracks particularly as they change the more I play the album,but I must say that "...Dial a View" takes me away to some place wondrous..
Emotive.Immersive.Melodic.Life-enhancing.Choose your own adjectives,but don't live your live without this profoundly beautiful work of Art !!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andy Scully on 23 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
Except for these words of course. Grandaddy must be one of the most underrated bands of all time but then it's sort of nice that they're a reasonably undiscovered gem. Anyway there are very few albums around that can be classed as a work of art. The Sophtware Slump can. It's a fascinating and charming album. With all the derived formulaic stuff around in the 'indie' world, bands like Grandaddy are a breath of fresh air and discovering albums like this isn't just like discovering a new collection of songs, it's like discovering a new best friend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Petay on 7 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Sophtware Slump succeeds on many levels. One, it has one of the most wonderful examples of cover art in Rock History; two, it is a viable and beautiful concept album, and with what a concept; three, It contains some of the most beautiful pop-rock songs ever created by the hand of man.

The concept is a simple one - the conflict of computers and nature, and Grandaddy exploit this to its full. There are paeans to a strange Tulgey Wood-esque landscape littered with "vacuum bags" and "Oily Rags" and populated with deer ('Broken Household Appliance National Forest'), odes to the futility and sadness of science ('Chartsengrafs') and, at the album's core, the story of Jed the Humanoid, a robot created to do good who becomes depressed and dies of alcoholism. The twin songs of 'Jed the Humanoid' and 'Jed's Other Poem' are complex studies of the issue of artificial intelligence, and are far more beautiful and deep than Spielberg's A.I could ever have been.

The cover art reflects these concerns, with broken keyboard keys forming the title and band name over a stunning cold backdrop of mountains and meadows. Wonderful.

In all, a perfect piece of art, one that should adorn any self-respecting music fan's shelf. Unmissable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gigs on 22 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was first captured by the beauty and simplicity of Grandaddy when i heard "he's simple, He's dumb,He's the Pilot" on a Q magazine freeby. Since then i have been drawn willingly into the faintly hallucinagenic world of the band, and Jason Lyttle.
This album is a wonderful mix of the Quirky (Jed The Humanoid),the epic (He's simple,he's dumb,he's the pilot),and the downright gorgeous (Miner at the dial-a-view).The tunes wash over you, leaving the feeling that the world isnt such a bad place afterall. It is the kind of disc which makes you want to take the long route home in the evening, just so you can cram more listening time in. Problem is you will feel so laid back that you'll be driving at approximately 25 mph.
I am now a devoted Grandaddy fan,and have raided Amazon for all other recordings by the band. Each one is an absolute joy. You can try and dissect the meanings, or just lay back and enjoy. Dont just take my word for it, try it! You'll never look back...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By N. Martin on 7 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
...and I'm wrong. In my earlier review(posted just a few short days ago)I blasted the album for being slow and pondering. However, I decided to give it a second chance and after repeated listenings it has most ceratinly grown on me.
I first realised this when I found myself singing 'He's simple, he's dumb, he's the pilot' to myself at work. At home, 'The Sophtware Slump' has found a home for itself in my stereo. I bounce merrily along to 'Chartsengrafs' and nod sagely along to the wisdom of 'Underneath the Weeping Willow'. I've grown to tolerate 'Jed The Humanoid', and 'Jeds Other Poem' is beautifully written ("You said I'd wake up dead drunk on the side of the road / I called you a liar - but how right you were") - and hearin lies the strength of Grandaddy. The song hooks aren't that obvious at first, but they sow seeds in your brain and subconciously infect you until you submit. The lyrics are also superbly off-kilter ("Tyre scraps on the federal rows look like crash-landed crows" - 'Miner At The Dial-a-View') and make a delicious alternative to the usual 'fell in love with a boy/girl/sheep and then lost them, oh my heart etc' dross that most bands come up with these days.
I still hold to my beliefs that 'Broken Household Appliance National Forest' should never have been created, but all-in-all I now consider this album to be sheer poetry. What are you still reading this for??? Go buy the album now you fools!!
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