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With Grandaddy and on his own, Jason Lytle turns out colorful pop songs, rich with ideas and grand atmospheres no matter what the recording budget. Acoustic guitars and walls of synths turn elegant little songs into enormous widescreen passion plays. It's part Phil Spector, part Abbey Road, part ELO coming together from an unassuming dude who never looks up from the harmonies to see if anyone else is listening. The songs contain their own inner logic and if you can't quite penetrate the sound to hear the lyrics or to understand the ones that make it past the wall, it's no matter. The songs are meant to work as one, as aural beauty, with their peculiar gorgeousness making things right. The title track, "Matterhorn" and "Young Saints" begin the onslaught that is thrown into relief by the relatively stripped-down folk of "Hangtown." Arguably best is the aggressively rocking "Your Final Setting Sun" where Lytle stares down a man in the throes of death. The Deluxe Edition includes four bonus tracks, including an acoustic version of "Your Final Setting Sun."

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I was really excited to see a new album from Jason! Fantastic music. Jason is one of the most talented and creative musicians in the industry today.

Lytle does it again

Approximately 7 years ago a friend of mine turned me on to a few bands, one being Grandaddy's Sumday album. It took me a few tries initially but I got hooked. I now own all of Grandaddy's Albums, Admiral Radley and now Jason Lytle's two solo albums. The deluxe edition is by far worth it, as The Final Setting Sun (acoustic) continues Jason Lytle's unique ability to know how to finish an album (Aim Towards the Sky, The Final Push to the Sum, This is How it Always Starts, Here for Good, I left U Cuz I luft U)... always leave me wanting to start the album all over again. Truly an under appreciated artist amongst todays commercialized sound. Buy without trepidation.

Solid album!

I've been listening to this album via NPR for a week now and I love it. This is Lytle's best work since Sumday!


Born: March 26, 1969 in Modesto, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Indie rock singer/songwriter Jason Lytle made his solo album debut in 2009, following a decade-long recording career as the frontman of Grandaddy. While his former group failed to find mainstream success before disbanding in 2006, Grandaddy nevertheless garnered critical acclaim in the indie rock underground, with particular attention focused on their first two albums. Lytle moved to Montana after the band's split, where he assimilated the state's geography into his songwriting and made his solo...
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