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Blu Wav

Grandaddy

Blu Wav

Sixth album from the indie rock band led by Jason Lytle who split up in 2006 and reformed in 2012 and first since the death of bassist Kevin Garcia

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
Dangerbird
UK Release date
16/02/2024
US Release date
16/02/2024
  1. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    A meshing-together of bluegrass and new wave finds Jason Lyttle at his heart-tugging best
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  2. 8.4 |   Northern Transmissions

    Soaring with undeniable character, ear-perking waves of synth and pedal steel , and unapologetic nods to Americana symbolism, Blu Wav acts as a delightful sixth installment into Grandaddy’s catalog
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  3. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Getting lost in the California group’s signature drollness and existential angst is an addictive pleasure
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  4. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Grandaddy's back, and more doleful than ever
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  5. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Inspired by waltz time, heartbreak, and ambient Americana, Jason Lytle returns with his characteristic mix of humor and tragedy
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    For all the heartache, Blu Wav is surprisingly uplifting, transcendent, even. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's the first time Grandaddy have in any way rooted themselves in a specific genre, and it proves strikingly successful; Lytle's more experimental electronica pushing against any notion of nostalgia or country pastiche. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Jason Lytle finally comes down to earth for a startlingly assured embrace of alt-country
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  9. 7.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Weary but still imbued with plenty of heart, Blu Wav is all you can ask for as the return of Jason Lytle’s long-running indie project
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  10. 7.0 |   All Music

    If it’s introspective, somewhat epic country rock balladry one desires, then Blu Wav might be just the thing. It's certainly the band's most focused record to date and if that seems a little unexciting, the emotional payoff will make it worthwhile in the end
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  11. 6.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Singer-songwriter Jason Lytle gets quietly introspective on his latest collection of uneven, ambling country tunes
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  12. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Time will tell where Blu Wav ranks against the band's decades-long discography, though I can already see it growing into their Sea Change, a quiet favourite among dedicated fans
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  13. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    With Blu Wav, their first album in seven years, Grandaddy ask, “What if we just forget the upbeat synth-rock this time and make sad ballads?”
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