AOTY 2019

The Sophtware Slump

Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2000 Ratings: #2 / 105
User Score
Based on 112 ratings
2000 Ratings: #27
November 7, 2000 / Release Date
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V2 / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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

90
NME
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.
85
Pitchfork

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.

amw100
72
man cries for 46 minutes over being rejected by a robot on an online dating site.
dearsongs
87
I would have gotten trashed with Jed.
bitterblossom12
93
I want to talk about this album because I think it's still underappreciated, despite being pretty appreciated, and because it's aged really well.

I had listened to Sophtware Slump a handful of times after I discovered it somewhere in like 2014 or so, and liked it, but then in 2018 I bought a copy of an actual CDR of it at a second hand bookstore (for $6). Getting to actually hold the disk and flip through the booklet, which has some nice photos (all with the same 90s-era computers lying ... read more
Space Vacation
78
Tubular.
92
Weird af concept but somehow it makes me emotional? Somehow perfectly channels the emotions of emptiness and loss while still sounding so chill.
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Year End Lists

#6/Pitchfork

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
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