Grandaddy's Year 2000 effort, 'The Sophtware Slump' contains roughly the same style as 'The Broken Down Comforter Collection' compilation. This time around though, the album seems geared around the concept of a computer crash. However, as before the music annoys as much as it enraptures. 'He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot' and 'Hewlett's Daughter' start proceedings off in a tuneful manner and echo previous American modern, psychedelic greats like Mercury Rev and The Flaming Lips' last albums. More banal are pieces like 'Jed The Humanoid' and 'Jed's Other Poems' where the lead vocalist's thin, reedy voice really does irritate; the lyrics don't appear to convey much meaning either e.g. "All of the microwaves are dead, just like the salamander said. The refrigerators house the frogs. The conduit is the hollow logs". Grandaddy seem quite happy with their rather nerdish image but by being less daft and wilfully obscure they could probably make a great album; for now, however, they remain the most frustrating of beasts.