Jason Lytle – Yours Truly, The Comuter


I read somebody describe this as a stinker the other day. I can’t actually believe that the person in question has bothered to listen to this album if that’s their genuine opinion. As somebody who considers themselves a grandaddy fan I would suggest that whilst the album in no way breaks new ground, it’s a very enjoyable piece of music. I fail to see how you could enjoy Sumday and not enjoy this album. I’m not arguing that this is anywhere near as good as some of Jason Lytle’s previous work, but I cannot quite get my head around anyone who likes grandaddy calling this stinking. I tend to agree with Matthew at www.songbytoad.com who would have preferred to hear the album Lytle wanted to make as opposed to the album he thought others would want to hear. Some of their best moments have been when the weirdness has crept into their songs. I assume there was pressure from above to make the album more accessible too. I just think the little electronic noodles that made me fall in love with grandaddy have got less and less as the albums have gone on, and releasing a solo album was the perfect opportunity to avoid playing safe. However, play safe he has and to be perfectly honest, this is a perfectly lovely album which would not be considered as anything else had it not been produced by such a cult indie hero as Lytle. I for one am really enjoying listening to it and you should check it out too.


TSP Grade = C+/B-


2 thoughts on “Jason Lytle – Yours Truly, The Comuter

  1. i always struggle when people say that they want to hear the random/experimental stuff that musicians do. Yes, i’m sure it would be interesting to a point, however, don’t you normally like a guy for their supposedly more mainstream stuff already? I never thought that Grandaddy were that out there anyway.

    an example of a band releasing some quirky more experimental stuff is James (and yes i know your views on this band, however stay with me on this) released Laid, one of their best albums, which had songs like Sometimes, Say Something and Out to get you, then with in a couple months they released an album from the same sessions called Wah-Wha. It was meant to show the journey of the songs from experimental jams to pop songs…..and whilst it was interesting at the time….looking back it was just unmitigated self indulgent pish.

  2. yeah. i hear you. but i kind of feel that one of the things that made grandaddy’s early stuff so interesting were the little electronic noodlings that were involved. but i whole heartedly agree. if i had to choose one album of theirs to play on repeat it would be the sophtmore slump which is by no means out there. and i wasn’t criticising this album for being more mainstream, just wondering why the artist didn’t just make the album he wanted to make.

    as for james. laid licks balls. šŸ˜‰

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