Andy Greenwald
May 13, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Yours Truly, The Commuter

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jason Lytle
genre
Rock

We gave it an B

In 2006, after a decade-plus fronting Cali dream-pop miserabilists Grandaddy, bearded skateboard aficionado Jason Lytle broke up his group and hightailed it to Montana. Yet big-sky country hasn’t changed him much: Yours Truly, The Commuter, Lytle’s solo debut, is a sweetly sad collection of fuzzed-out odes to frustration (the bouncy title track) and furry friends (”Ghost of My Old Dog”). Even when he’s singing about the weekend — on, uh, ”It”s the Weekend” — Lytle’s fragile voice sounds a hairbreadth from tears. C’mon, dude! What could possibly be depressing about weekends in Montana? B

Download This: Listen to the song Ghost of My Old Dog at last.fm

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