Sumday (2003) Frequent comparisons to Radiohead, Sparklehorse, and the Flaming Lips notwithstanding, this California-based quartet is still busy charting the terra incognita they first explored in 2000's… 2003-06-10 Grandaddy
Music Review

Sumday (2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 10, 2003; Lead Performance: Grandaddy

Frequent comparisons to Radiohead, Sparklehorse, and the Flaming Lips notwithstanding, this California-based quartet is still busy charting the terra incognita they first explored in 2000's remarkable Sophtware Slump--a land of sunny '70s electro-cheeze and state-of-the-art pop. And if their goofy, proselike wordplay suggests a familiarity with Raymond Carver and Douglas Coupland (on the loss of a cell phone: "...He calculated all the height, and width, and density/For insurance purposes..."), the band also reaffirms a gift for creating melancholic melodies that are surprisingly sturdy and self-assured.

Originally posted May 23, 2003 Published in issue #714 Jun 13, 2003 Order article reprints