Album Review: Grandaddy - The Last Place

Grandaddy - Last Place (30th Century Records).
Grandaddy - Last Place (30th Century Records).

This is Grandaddy's first new record in 11 years, and fans will agree that it's been well worth the wait.

Formed in Modesto, California, in 1992, they built up quite a cult following and enjoyed modest chart success - more so in the UK than their native US - before splitting in 2006.

After making two solo albums, main man Jason Lytle reconvened the band in 2012, and this record - their fifth studio full-length - is the result of their labours since then.

For fans of the likes of Weezer and The Flaming Lips, their slightly psychedelic indie-rock is an easy listen in the best possible sense.

It showcases their brand of lo-fi sonics mixed with soaring harmonies, and its songs range from the achingly beautiful to the slightly weird and

It gets underway with gorgeous lead single Way We Won't, which has been getting lots of airplay from the likes of 6Music.

It continues in a similarly sumptious vein with Brush With The Wild, where Lytle sings of reconnecting with the natural world around him.

Evermore is a track which improves with every listen, but my personal highlight is I Don't Wanna Live Here Anymore - simply sublime.

Fans of old will love this album, and if you're not already a convert, this might just be the record to do it. 9/10.

* Grandaddy play at Hoults Yard in Newcastle on Sunday, 26 March, as part of a short UK tour.