The four songs on Signal to Snow Ratio make a beautiful progression from Under the Western Freeway, Grandaddy's last full-length release -- the band takes a large step away from its more straightforward pop and rock constructions, choosing instead to toy with the vintage electronics which added texture to the LP, and to work with more roundabout and inventive pop structures which come off perfectly. Far from the typical Pavement and Weezer references which hovered around the LP, the best aesthetic reference for Signal to Snow Ratio would be more along the lines of Mercury Rev -- the sounds might be completely different, but the intelligent and imaginative approach to rethinking pop music is very much the same. This is a very promising note from an ever-more-promising band.
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AllMusic Review by Nitsuh Abebe