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Jason Lytle Yours Truly, the Commuter 

Modesto, Calif., indie juggernaut Grandaddy released four haunting albums before fizzling out like one of the dying computers or rusting appliances in its songs. But frontman Jason Lytle is back with his solo debut, Yours Truly, the Commuter, written and recorded in his recently adopted home of Bozeman, Mont. It's as spare and beautiful as one would imagine his new surroundings are - full of tracks that meld digital and analog sounds to create alternately sad and ecstatic slices of consciousness. Of course, Lytle is also the most compelling when he's at his bleakest, which is why would-be party anthem "It's the Weekend" falls short, but devastating noise-pop ballads like "Rollin' Home Alone" and "Birds Encouraged Him" hit their mark. Lytle has had a difficult time of things over the years, confronting financial troubles and substance abuse. But it's easy to identify with his pain since it's expressed so movingly here. 4 out of 5 stars

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