Grandaddy, Just Like the Fambly Cat
Grandaddy is repetitive, alternative pop, mellow, spacey, and atmospheric: where guitar meets synthesizer and where Jason Lytle plays his heart out and sings along with the rest of the band – guitarist Jim Fairchild, keyboardist Tim Dryden, bassist Kevin Garcia and drummer Aaron Burtch. This is their final CD together as they broke up last December.
Grandaddy seems to stretch time in their songs, making everything seem three times as long. Likable, though maybe my cup of tea 10 years ago, during my college days.
It’s interesting listening as it’s not obvious what every sound is. Is it an instrument, or some sound Jason Lytle created on a synthesizer?
What Happened… Repetitive piano accompanied by a child asking over and over again: “What Happened to the Fambly Cat?” PLEASE STOP! This, I promise you is the longest 2 minutes and 19 seconds EVER!
Jeez Louise Lyrics annoy me, but over all I like their sound. Reminiscent of Flaming Lips. There’s a sound in this I swear I haven’t heard since Steve Miller. Luckily, Steve Miller is still making the summer outdoor concert circuit, so maybe you can listen for it at one of those concerts, or just identify it within this song. It’s probably from Space Cowboy, because that might be the only Steve Miller Band song that I know.
Summer … It’s Gone It’s like the band’s anthem for this album, because this is their last hurrah, and it’s bitter-sweet.
Oxygen/Aux Send I have no comment. You’ll have to listen for yourself.
Rear View Mirror Lyrically, still repetitive, but speaks to me more than the other songs.
The Animal World Soundwise – similar to Pink Floyd, if that’s possible. Syntho-singing, and repetitive bleeping synthesizer sound, guitar somewhere in the background with other traditional rock instruments. Oh, and of course, it couldn’t be Pink Floyd-ish without that aircraft sound. I do like the lyrics: “Joy to the World,” which is what my dog brings me every day!
Skateboarding Saves Me Twice Instrumental, like some space orchestra from the 1970s.
Where I’m Anymore Easy to leave on in the background and forget about. It kinda just keeps ambling on, though likeably so.
50% Sounds like that dirty bar in college, punk music playing, and sticky floors. You just turned 21, and the bar scene is still novel.
Guide Down Denied Soft, even given the guitar. Yeah, leave it and come back, and it’s like you never left the room. A little strange, but this song is great for background music when you need to concentrate on something else – like writing an article.
Elevate Myself This one definitely makes me smile, probably because it reminds me the most of college. It’s got an artsy feel, with a twerp singing, and I mean that endearingly. It repeats a lot, has some spacey sounds. I want to be 18 again, and re-enroll in college. Yeah, and I’m just going to hang out for 4 years and comment on bands.
Campershell Dreams Soundwise, this song is the most creative and fresh, using non-instrumental sounds to create music, along with synthesized instruments. “You don’t have to be alone anymore, Good company’s a gift” is the drift of the lyrics. It’s pleasant, pretty, and yes – repetitive.
Disconnecty The synthesizer is in the foreground, and the rest of the band is in the background overlaid with Jason Lytle singing.
This Is How It Always Starts More spaceiness, but probably the most vivid lyrics. It induces pictures in my head. It’s not really going anywhere, but that’s ok if you like this kind of thing.
Shangri-La (Outro) I always say I live in Shangri-La, so I have big expectations for this. Oh, come now, “I’ll never return to Shangri-La.” It’s kinda sad, but this is the most melodic and best interplay of instruments on this song, though I could do without the opera mimicker (I don’t like opera very much).