Sumday

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Sumday
Studio album by Grandaddy
Released May 13, 2003
Genre Indie rock, indie pop, space rock
Length 52:27
Label V2
Producer Jason Lytle
Grandaddy chronology
Concrete Dunes
(2002)
Sumday
(2003)
Below the Radio
(2004)
Singles from Sumday
  1. "El Caminos in the West"
    Released: August 25, 2003
  2. "Now It's On"
    Released: 2003
  3. "I'm on Standby/Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shake"
    Released: January 12, 2004

Sumday is the third studio album by American indie rock band Grandaddy, released on May 13, 2003 on V2 Records.

Background[edit]

According to frontman Jason Lytle, the album "represents the closest I've been to singing in the first person, writing passionately".[1]

Release[edit]

Sumday was released on May 13, 2003. The album gave the band its highest chart placing in the UK, peaking at No. 22.[2] By 2006, the album had sold 110,000 copies.[3]

An expanded version of the album was released five months later, with a bonus disc of songs recorded live at the Glastonbury Festival in 2003 (tracks 1–6) and three tracks taken from The Black Sessions in Paris (tracks 7–9).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
Blender 4/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Entertainment Weekly A[7]
Mojo 4/5 stars[8]
NME 8/10[9]
Pitchfork 8.1/10[10]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[11]
Spin A[12]
Uncut 4/5 stars[13]

The album was well-received critically. PopMatters viewed the album as one where Lytle had decided to "tone down on the experimentation, and concentrate on developing some terrific melodies", calling it "really the next logical step for the band". He commented on similarities to the Alan Parsons Project ("Now It's On"), ELO ("The Go in the Go For It") and John Lennon ("Lost on Yer Merry Way"), and noted an improvement in Lytle's songwriting.[14] The CMJ New Music Report made it their 'essential release' in May 2003, calling it a "genuinely wholehearted work",[15] and in their end-of-year review placed it at number seven in their top albums of the year.[16] Jim DeRogatis, in his book Turn on Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock, viewed the melodies as "even more effervescent and more memorable" than on The Sophtware Slump.[17] Sophie Best of The Age called it "another sprawling sonic Grandaddy adventure, shimmering with wistful sincerity and rural-tinged psychedelia".[1] NME gave it 8/10, saying the songs sound "pretty much like Neil Young if he'd heard an Aphex Twin record".[9]

AllMusic, however, criticised the album, calling it "bland and complacent" and opining that it failed to live up to the expectations of The Sophtware Slump.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jason Lytle

No. Title Length
1. "Now It's On"   4:08
2. "I'm on Standby"   3:13
3. "The Go in the Go-For-It"   3:40
4. "The Group Who Couldn't Say"   4:08
5. "Lost on Yer Merry Way"   6:17
6. "El Caminos in the West"   3:22
7. "'Yeah' Is What We Had"   3:45
8. "Saddest Vacant Lot in All the World"   3:52
9. "Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shake"   3:43
10. "O.K. with My Decay"   6:11
11. "The Warming Sun"   5:44
12. "The Final Push to the Sum"   4:24

Personnel[edit]

Grandaddy
Technical
  • Lucky Lew – engineering
  • Michael H. Brauer – mixing
  • Nathaniel Chan – mixing assistance
  • Rick Chavarria – mixing assistance
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Shinzou Maeda – cover photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Best, Sophie (July 4, 2003). "Everyone's Grandaddy". The Age. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Grandaddy | Artist | Official Charts". officialcharts.com. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bronson, Kevin (June 5, 2006). "Grandaddy Leader Finally Changes His Tune on Band". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. p. 5E. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Sumday – Grandaddy : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. AllRovi. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ Blender (17): 140. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Grandaddy". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ Entertainment Weekly: 96. June 13, 2003. 
  8. ^ Mojo: 94. June 2003. 
  9. ^ a b "NME Album Reviews – Grandaddy : Sumday – nme.com". nme.com. June 13, 2003. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ Petrusich, Amanda (June 8, 2003). "Grandaddy: Sumday | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Critic Reviews for Sumday – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ Raihala, Ross (August 2003). "Grandaddy Sumday". SPIN: 116. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ Uncut: 114. July 2003. 
  14. ^ Begrand, Adrian (27 June 2003). "Grandaddy: Sumday | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ Santangelo, Antonia (May 26, 2003). "Grandaddy Sumday". CMJ New Music Report: 6. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  16. ^ Borolla, Caroline (December 29, 2003). "CMJ Top 10 of 2003: No. 7 – Grandaddy Sumday". CMJ New Music Report: 7. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  17. ^ DeRogatis, Jim. Turn on Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock. p. 557. ISBN 978-0-634-05548-5. 

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