Excerpts From The Diary Of Todd Zilla





Grandaddy must have a special secret formula. After all these years and the rise in success from the California based band, they are still making good music. No, it is not earth shattering, and it doesn't stray far from the beaten path that they created, but it works...and what works for them totally works for me, and I guess at the end of the day that is all that really matters. On their new EP, Excerpts From The Diary Of Todd Zilla, Grandaddy bring a blended mellow/angry and personal album to the plate. It is not as glossy and paranoid as Sophtware Slump or Sumday, rather it is almost a return to their first release, Under The Western Freeway (sans uplifting ditties like "Summer Here Kids" and "A.M. 180"). By the way, it's too bad for radio as they will not be able to play several of the songs due to language. The best example of this is found with the track "Florida". When I first heard this I nearly peed my pants. Towards the end of the song Jason Lytle is screaming like a hardcore metal singer that just got possessed by the Devil. It's pretty amazing when he guts out "I could live at the river/Fuck you/She wants me back/But I don't take no shit!" Damn Jason, I don't think I want to meet the person that inspired that song. Another tune, "Pull The Curtains" is easily the most radio friendly on the album, and features the patented computerized blips and rocking beats that Grandaddy are known for producing. "Goodbye" is a pretty song that is mainly guitar based and finds Jason singing quietly like if it was just you and him in his bedroom. This EP is definitely made for the hardcore fans, so if you are one run out and get it. If you are finding yourself saying "This reviewer is misspelling my Granddaddy's name" then go listen to Sophtware Slump and ease your way in. This one is for the long haul.

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Excerpts From The Diary Of Todd Zilla