The Sophtware Slump

Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2000 Ratings: #5 / 112
User Score
Based on 193 ratings
2000 Ratings: #28
Liked by 11 people
Sign In to rate and review


Drowned in Sound

The Sophtware Slump is clearly the product of a fragile, sensitive mind; one plagued by unease relating to the oncoming turn of the century and the gradual loss of interaction with our environment. But as stated, it is not a vision bereft of hope or vestiges of clarity

Entertainment Weekly

One doesn’t listen to Grandaddy so much as absorb them. On The Sophtware Slump, their melodies, earthy but otherwordly, infiltrate your head before retreating into space.


Picking up where their Signal to Snow Ratio EP left off, Grandaddy's wittily named second album The Sophtware Slump upgrades the group's wry, country-tinged rock with electronic flourishes that run through the album like fiber-optic lines.

They have found a way to reconcile man and machine – by taking control of the devices at hand and making something truly beautiful, mysterious and timeless.

The Sophtware Slump manages to sound reasonably fresh, yields its share of unshakable melodies, and excels in production. This is quite possibly the last great entry in the atmospheric pop canon.

Rolling Stone
The second album from this Modesto, California, band is a loose indie-rock suite about how sad and funny and fleeting technology actually is.

man cries for 46 minutes over being rejected by a robot on an online dating site.


00's CLASSICS #10:

Even for listening it for the first time in 2021, this album feels fresh, creative and unique. Great indie record with amazing melodies.


I would have gotten trashed with Jed.


We miss you Jed :(

Favorites: He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot, Hewlett's Daughter, Jed the Humanoid, Underneath the Weeping Willow, Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground), So You'll Aim at The Sky

Least Favs: Chartsengrafs, Broken Household Appliance National Forest


Grandaddy hit the (semi) big time on the career best 'Sophtware Slump' - one of those albums that not only finds space for every type of song the band excel at on the one disc but goes a step further and PERFECTS every style of song the band would ever record.

This is of course good...and bad.

For a band who (from the lyrical content presented in these songs) appear to be big proponents of recycling, isn't it ironic (Alanis?) that the quality here would end up condemning Grandaddy to their ... read more


00's CLASSICS #10:

Even for listening it for the first time in 2021, this album feels fresh, creative and unique. Great indie record with amazing melodies.

Purchasing The Sophtware Slump from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?
Become a Donor
Donor badge, no ads + more benefits.

Track List

  1. He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot
  2. Hewlett's Daughter
  3. Jed the Humanoid
  4. The Crystal Lake
  5. Chartsengrafs
  6. Underneath the Weeping Willow
  7. Broken Household Appliance National Forest
  8. Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)
  9. E. Knievel Interlude (The Perils of Keeping It Real)
  10. Miner at the Dial-A-View
  11. So You'll Aim Toward the Sky

Year End Lists

Sign in to comment
No one has said anything yet.