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  Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump CD 2001
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Stateside, music wise, they seem less uptight about image and pigeonholing. Whilst the UK mulls over the next popular for 20 minutes boy/girl band, groups like Grandaddy are allowed to flourish and prosper across the big pond. "Sophtware", that´s with a ´pht´ no less is a testimony to this. Their previous two albums have gone barely noticed, but thanks to corporate giants MTV, the band get their rightful exposure. ´The Crystal Lake" and "Hewletts Daughter" are of the pop song nature, but other tracks such as "Everything Beautiful is Far Away" and "He´s Simple" rely on a more experimental approach. Keyboards are a ´big player´ on this record. The unfortunate temptation to compare, brings me to mention Stereolab for musical content and Semisonic for vocal technique. Lyric-wise, they are undoubtedly Grandaddy. (8/10)

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