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Jason Lytle: Yours Truly, The Commuter

There's plenty of reflection on Jason Lytle's solo debut. That's no surprise, considering Lytle has left behind 14 years in Grandaddy and a lifetime in Modesto to play and record by himself in his new Montana home. If travel is the CD's motif, it's because Lytle has been on the move.

The narrative motion of Yours Truly is sometimes lonely and sometimes steeped in renewal. "Rollin' Home Alone" is sweeping and orchestral in its lament of lost love. But Lytle's acoustic folk drones its way into full-bloom crescendo amid the hope and rebirth celebrated on "Brand New Sun."

Yours Truly, The Commuter is no grand departure from the sound of Grandaddy. But it's a highly personal effort for Lytle, who wears all of his life's transitions on his sleeve. The honest emotions and beautiful arrangements may not be Grandaddy, but they're grand.

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