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Sumday, somehow, some lovely songs, but maybe not enough,
This review is from: Sumday (Audio CD)
"El Caminos In The West / All collapsed and futureless / I'll paint the words a simple wish / For peace of mind and happiness"
My highlight of the album. Just that. It's a lovely song, El Caminos In The West. A beautiful, upbeat melody drives it forward through that chorus. Like a summer drive in a top-down - everywhere you look you see joy. Try not smiling when you hear it. You can't. It's inevitable.
The first single, Now It's On, is too an enchanting, summery treat, with a raking fuzz of guitar cutting through the up-tempo vocals at just the right time. It buzzes around in your head; gets better every time. If a wasp in a jar could become charming, more fabulous every time it banged against the inside of the glass, that's what this song would be like.
But, unfortunately, I am not in love with the whole album. And I have always been a huge fan of Grandaddy, watched them this year at Glastonbury where they gave one the best performances of anyone I saw that weekend, so I hate not to give Sumday five stars.
I think the problem lies in the similarity. That distant, almost wistful voice works so well on songs like the old favourite from their first album, A.M. 180, because the blitzkrieg thrust of the dominating melody provided perfect foil. El Camino on this album works in a similar way. But many of the rest of the songs here seem a little lazy by comparison. And it merges, at least it seems to, into a small mass of similarity. Thematic structure to an album is good, but songs should not sound so much the same.
Any yet, a reservation about my reservations. I was not so keen on Now It's On at first. It also took me a few listens to pick up on El Camino. It would not surprise me at all to find that, another half dozen listens down the line, I have found four or five more songs to fall in love with.
I hope so. There is already enough on this album to make it worth the price tag. There should be more. Grandaddy are a fine, alternative, interesting band, and their music should always live up to that. My fingers are crossed.