Last Place

Grandaddy - Last Place
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2017 Ratings: #229 / 831
User Score
Based on 119 ratings
2017 Ratings: #345
March 3, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
30th Century, Columbia / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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The Skinny

Yes, Last Place is sad, but it's so melodious, so warm and so peculiar that it’s difficult to feel anything but love for it.

Drowned in Sound
It’s unclear whether this is a new beginning, or a valedictory last hurrah, but in a way it doesn’t matter; it’s beautiful and utterly captivating in its own way and, after all the band and Lytle have been through, that’s triumphant enough.
In their inherent sullenness, Grandaddy finds ways to create happy/sad vignettes that appeal to the hopeless romantic in ways that are nearly invasive.

‘Last Place’ isn’t destined to topple ‘The Sophtware Slump’ as Grandaddy’s finest moment, but it is an excellent addition to their short catalogue.  It’s a record that will feel instantly familiar to fans without ever becoming predictable.

Consequence of Sound

In truth, Last Place feels like running into a once-dear friend. You make plans to see each other again over a meal or a drink, but even as you head off in opposite directions, delighted by the run-in, you aren’t sure when you’ll see them again. Nevertheless, you’re glad they’re doing well, if only for a moment.

Pretty Much Amazing

It may not be The Sophtware Slump volume 2, but it doesn’t need to be, it’s a solid entry on par with the rest of their celebrated catalog and every fan from a decade ago will hope this reunion is far from over.

No Ripcord

Lytle addresses sadness with a sweeping grandiosity, where the stories he conjures are both sides amusingly satirical and deceptively foolish.

The Independent
This week’s break-up album is Grandaddy’s first release in eleven years, though it’s effectively the work of Jason Lytle, beavering away in his new studio in Portland even as his relationship collapses around him.

If not quite as compelling overall as their best work like Sophtware Slump, it's a worthy successor to the very good Just Like the Fambly Cat and a welcome return for the "band."

The Guardian

Last Place is more sophisticated and less self-consciously wacky than some of the Californians’ previous releases, and better for it.

Under The Radar
Grandaddy is no longer a detached soundtrack hovering over life, it's articulating within it, and we are getting it in a whole new way.
A.V. Club

On Last Place, Grandaddy feels at home, so much so that it’s almost as if the band never really left.

The Line of Best Fit

A collection that isn’t going to win over the world but might just help you make more sense out of it.


Last Place is a fittingly contented throwback/possible farewell.

Loud and Quiet

Still intimate, personal, and painfully relatable, Grandaddy’s observant indifference makes ‘Last Place’ as plaintively imperfect as we could have hoped for.

‘Last Place’ is an occasionally misty-eyed but very welcome return. A broken but pretty mess.
Everything you'd expect from a Grandaddy record is here — the melancholy synths, the bitter sweetly romantic lyrics, the warnings about the perils of the digital age — but the feeling is older, different. I am not sure where the band will go after this, but count me among those hoping that they might head in a new direction.
It’s heart-breaking and at times powerfully so, but it also shuns the listener, forcing them to a place where Grandaddy risk drifting once more into obscurity.

They sound exhausted, right where we left them.


If it’s understood as a more human album then it works, but it is held back a little by the vestiges of the earlier, broken down and burnt out, Grandaddy.

I haven't stopped listening to this album since I first heard it. There are only two bad tracks on this album. The rest are gorgeous and heart breaking. Lytle shows his song writing ability. This album is sad and heartbreaking, yet beautiful and somber. Best Album so far this year.
Whenever a band puts out an album after a decade long hiatus, you can tend to get worried about how good it will be... Well 'Last Place' totally delivers and then some. I would say this is easily their best since 'The Sophtware Slump'. Its definitely a sad record, but it is perfectly sequenced and vintage grandaddy. At times simplistic, yet profound... "Everything about us is a lost machine." Well done!
This is a great pop band album. has some solid writing involved
This dream/space rock work does as the genre name suggests and creates wonderfully unique pockets of room that float peacefully through your ears, even though rhythm and overall cohesion may falter a bit for the standard multi piece rock band. My Score: 129/180 (Good) = 72/100
'Last Place' is filled with a beautiful sadness that appealed to me straight away. Everything on this album just feels right, the melancholy, the peacefulness and the warmt. My favorite album of the year so far, and that was not at all what i expected when i started listening.

Favorite Moments: Way We Won't, Evermore, That's What You Get for Gettin Out Of Bed, This Is The Part
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Track List

  1. Way We Won't
  2. Brush with the Wild
  3. Evermore
  4. Oh She Deleter :(
  5. The Boat Is in the Barn
  6. Chek Injin
  7. I Don't Wanna Live Here Anymore
  8. That's What You Get for Gettin' Outta Bed
  9. This Is the Part
  10. Jed the 4th
  11. A Lost Machine
  12. Songbird Son
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Added on: October 31, 2016