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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 13, 2003
ProducerJason Lytle
Grandaddy chronology
The Sophtware Slump
Below the Radio
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 by record label V2.

The album achieved commercial success in the UK, and was well received by music critics.


Around about the time of the album's release, frontman Jason Lytle commented that the album "represents the closest I've been to singing in the first person, writing passionately".[2]


Sumday was released on May 13, 2003 by record label V2.

The album is the group's highest charting in the UK, peaking at No. 22.[3] By 2006, the album had sold 110,000 copies.[4]


Three singles were released from the album: "El Caminos in the West", which reached No. 48 on the UK Singles Chart;[5] "Now It's On", which reached No. 23; and "I'm on Standby".

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) as well as three tracks taken from The Black Sessions in Paris (tracks 7–9).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[7]
Blender4/5 stars[8]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[9]
The Guardian4/5 stars[10]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[11]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[14]
Uncut4/5 stars[16]

The album was well received by music critics.

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.[17] The CMJ New Music Report made it their 'essential release' in May 2003, calling it a "genuinely wholehearted work",[18] and in their end-of-year review placed it at No. 7 in their list of the top albums of the year.[19] 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.[20] Sophie Best of The Age called it "another sprawling sonic Grandaddy adventure, shimmering with wistful sincerity and rural-tinged psychedelia".[2] NME gave it a grade of 8/10, writing that the songs sound "pretty much like Neil Young if he'd heard an Aphex Twin record".[12] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave the album a one-star honorable mention rating and cited "The Group Who Couldn't Say" and "Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shake" as highlights.[21]

A less favourable review came from Heather Phares of AllMusic, who described the record as being "bland and complacent", opining that it failed to live up to the expectations of The Sophtware Slump.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Jason Lytle.

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


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


  1. ^ "Grandaddy – Sumday | Music Review | Tiny Mix Tapes". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Best, Sophie (July 4, 2003). "Everyone's Grandaddy". The Age. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Grandaddy | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  4. ^ Bronson, Kevin (June 5, 2006). "Grandaddy Leader Finally Changes His Tune on Band". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. p. 5E. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  5. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Grandaddy - El Caminos In The West". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Reviews for Sumday by Grandaddy". Metacritic. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Sumday – Grandaddy". AllMusic. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  8. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (June–July 2003). "Grandaddy: Sumday". Blender (17): 140. Archived from the original on June 7, 2004. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  9. ^ Kim, Wook (June 13, 2003). "Sumday". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  10. ^ Clarke, Betty (June 6, 2003). "Grandaddy: Sumday". The Guardian. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  11. ^ Hochman, Steve (June 15, 2003). "Grandaddy embraces acceptance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  12. ^ a b Woodhouse, Alan (June 13, 2003). "Grandaddy : Sumday". NME. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  13. ^ Petrusich, Amanda (June 8, 2003). "Grandaddy: Sumday". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  14. ^ Walters, Barry (June 12, 2003). "Grandaddy: Sumday". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  15. ^ Raihala, Ross (August 2003). "Grandaddy: Sumday". Spin. 19 (8): 116. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  16. ^ "Grandaddy: Sumday". Uncut (74): 114. July 2003.
  17. ^ Begrand, Adrian (27 June 2003). "Grandaddy: Sumday | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  18. ^ Santangelo, Antonia (May 26, 2003). "Grandaddy Sumday". CMJ New Music Report: 6. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  19. ^ Borolla, Caroline (December 29, 2003). "CMJ Top 10 of 2003: No. 7 – Grandaddy Sumday". CMJ New Music Report: 7. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  20. ^ DeRogatis, Jim. Turn on Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock. p. 557. ISBN 978-0-634-05548-5.
  21. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Grandaddy: Sumday". Retrieved June 4, 2013.

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