Under the Western Freeway

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Under the Western Freeway
Under the Western Freeway - Grandaddy.jpg
Studio album by Grandaddy
Released October 21, 1997
Recorded Floater, Modesto & Headcorders, Coulterville, California
Length 46:47
Label Will
Producer Jason Lytle
Grandaddy chronology
A Pretty Mess by This One Band
(1996)A Pretty Mess by This One Band1996
Under the Western Freeway
Signal to Snow Ratio
(1999)Signal to Snow Ratio1999
Singles from Under the Western Freeway
  1. "Everything Beautiful Is Far Away"
    Released: February 1998
  2. "Laughing Stock"
    Released: March 1998
  3. "Summer Here Kids"
    Released: May 1998
  4. "A.M. 180"
    Released: October 1998

Under the Western Freeway is the debut studio album by American indie rock band Grandaddy. It was released on October 21, 1997 by record label Will.

The album, while not commercially successful, was well-received by music critics.


Under the Western Freeway was released on October 21, 1997. It was later reissued in the U.S. by V2 Records.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
NME 8/10[3]
Pitchfork 9.6/10[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[6]
The Village Voice A−[7]

The album was well-received by music critics.

CMJ New Music Monthly described it as "an eccentric psych-pop collection".[8] Andy Gill of The Independent called it "one of the most beguiling debuts of the year [...] a fortuitous collision of Brian Wilson, Neil Young and the Pixies which throws out a stream of understated pop gems".[9] AllMusic noted similarities to the bands Pavement and Weezer, and described it as "a fairly brilliant album, combining a warm, earnest and rustic feel with sometimes goofy experimentation".[2] Frontman Jason Lytle's vocal performance was also praised; Jason Josephes of Pitchfork wrote: "If the lonely vocals of 'Lineage' and 'Collective Dreamwish of Upperclass Elegance' don't strike you there, you have no soul".[4] Steve Taylor wrote in his book The A to X of Alternative Music that "Laughing Stock" is the album's standout track.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jason Lytle.

No. Title Length
1. "Nonphenomenal Lineage" 3:11
2. "A.M. 180" 3:20
3. "Collective Dreamwish of Upperclass Elegance" 5:26
4. "Summer Here Kids" 3:35
5. "Laughing Stock" 5:59
6. "Under the Western Freeway" 3:01
7. "Everything Beautiful Is Far Away" 5:13
8. "Poisoned at Hartsy Thai Food" 1:13
9. "Go Progress Chrome" 2:31
10. "Why Took Your Advice" 4:07
11. "Lawn and So On" 9:04


  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2003). The Great Indie Discography. Canongate. p. 773. ISBN 1-84195-335-0. 
  2. ^ a b Abebe, Nitsuh. "Under the Western Freeway – Grandaddy". AllMusic. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Mulvey, John (November 1, 1997). "Grandaddy – Under The Western Freeway". NME. Archived from the original on October 7, 2000. Retrieved May 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Josephes, Jason. "Grandaddy: Under the Western Freeway". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on January 24, 2001. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ Doherty, Niall (November 2017). "Grandaddy: Under the Western Freeway". Q (378): 117. 
  6. ^ Harris, Keith (2004). "Grandaddy". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 340. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 15, 1998). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ Martin, Richard A. (February 2001). "Hidden Agenda: Grandaddy's Fake Plastic Trees Can't Obscure How Good They Are". CMJ New Music Monthly: 37–39. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ Gill, Andy (November 7, 1997). "Pop Albums: Grandaddy Under the Western Freeway (Big Cat ABB152CD)". The Independent. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ Taylor, Steve (2004). The A to X of Alternative Music. Continuum. p. 119. ISBN 0-8264-7396-2. 

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