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”The Sophtware Slump” is the second studio album by American indie rock band Grandaddy, released in May 2000 by record label V2. Considered by some as a concept album addressing modern technology’s societal challenges, it was created by frontman Jason Lytle alone in a remote farmhouse.
The album’s title is a play on “sophomore slump,” a term for an artist’s second album perceived as failing to match the first. It also serves as a double entendre on software.
The content of the album includes tracks like “Jed the Humanoid,” a eulogy for an android named Jed who drinks himself to death. Another track, “Chartsengrafs,” borrows musical themes from the score of the 1986 movie “Chopping Mall.” The song “Miner at the Dial-a-View” originates from a 1989 home demo and envisions a future where Earth’s resources are depleted, and people use machines to revisit places on Earth.
For the album’s 20th anniversary, Jason Lytle recorded a solo piano version, titled “The Sophtware Slump….. on a wooden piano,” which was released in November 2020.
Upon its release in 2000, the album received widespread acclaim. It reached No. 36 on the UK Albums Chart, with three singles released: “The Crystal Lake,” “He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot,” and “Hewlett’s Daughter.” The album has sold over 107,000 copies by 2006.
Critics praised the album’s fusion of technology themes with a connection to nature. The CMJ New Music Monthly noted Lytle’s “infatuation with technology” combined with a “spiritual connection to the West’s wide-open spaces.” AllMusic called it “Grandaddy’s most impressive work yet,” and The New York Times described it as “a heart-achingly beautiful requiem for a culture in which progress and technology have led to alienation and disposability.”
In terms of legacy, the album has been ranked by Under the Radar as the fifteenth-best album of the 2000s. Jason Lytle, reflecting on the acclaim, stated, “I would record The Sophtware Slump over again.”
A1 He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot
A2 Hewlett's Daughter
A3 Jed The Humanoid
A4 The Crystal Lake
B1 Underneath The Weeping Willow
B2 Broken Household Appliance National Forest
B3 Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)
B4 E. Knievel Interlude (The Perils Of Keeping It Real)
B5 Miner At The Dial-A-View
B6 So You'll Aim Toward The Sky
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