11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their first album in four years, Guster update their patented straight-ahead guitar pop with a kind of graceful songcraft. Yet the melodies—the aching, effortless kind that mix hummable joy with sadness—stay intact, even on the up-charged “Simple Machine,” with its bouncing synth lines and handclaps. The album is artfully balanced; the shoegaze (well, Beatle-esque) guitar chime of “Lazy Love” matches the yearning nostalgia of “Kid Dreams,” which matches the lazy, brass-backed stroll of “Never Coming Down.” Both the title tune and the droning “The Long Night” would beautifully soundtrack any late-night drive down some open wintery road.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their first album in four years, Guster update their patented straight-ahead guitar pop with a kind of graceful songcraft. Yet the melodies—the aching, effortless kind that mix hummable joy with sadness—stay intact, even on the up-charged “Simple Machine,” with its bouncing synth lines and handclaps. The album is artfully balanced; the shoegaze (well, Beatle-esque) guitar chime of “Lazy Love” matches the yearning nostalgia of “Kid Dreams,” which matches the lazy, brass-backed stroll of “Never Coming Down.” Both the title tune and the droning “The Long Night” would beautifully soundtrack any late-night drive down some open wintery road.

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