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Album Review

Bursting on to the sonic scene with the driving "Great Escape," Guster's major-label debut quickly mellows into the insightfully deceptive "Demon" and the island chock of "Perfect" before revving back up to the strikingly produced "Airport Song." Though the album has many high points, this first single is the highest. Drifting in like a distant storm, this cryptic offering erupts into a seething and impressively arranged explosion. Combining the trio's competent guitar, bass, and hand percussion with a variety of accents ranging from strings to screams (not to mention a Ping-Pong ball coda), "Airport" is a shut-up-and-crank-it song which grabs the listener by the ears and reveals itself further with each triumphant listening. Fortunately, the album does not give up after this early peak. Though many of the songs are ambiguous in terms of verse-chorus contiguity and overall meaning, the rich and simple vocal and instrumental layering is clear and effective. Combining peppy sways and dances like "Perfect" and "Grin" with wild antic raves such as "Bury Me" and the gentle closer "Rocketship," Goldfly leaves little doubt as to why the band continues to sell out venues in their New England home and beyond.

Customer Reviews

I don't have much help...

....this is what I can tell you.. I saw Guster at Woodstock '99...The best band I saw the whole weekend. Understand this, Goldfly will not appeal to the average fan of Guster...that is what makes it great...Go ahead and gripe about "Ganging Up On The Sun"....great album... but nowhere near what this is...let alone "Lost And Gone Forever"...

"They're Great!" - Tony the Tiger

I've bought all of Guster's recorded albums available through iTunes and this album has some of my favorite songs: Demons, Airport Song, Medicine, Rocketship. I'd have to say it's well worth the purchase.
- to tk262: you know that this album was recorded before Ganging Up on the Sun and Keep It Together, right?


Goldfly is a an excellent album. The lyrics are strong, the intrumentation is chilling and the vocals are excellent. This--and their previous record Parachute--is the raw talent and simple goodness that true Guster fans can't get enough of. This is an excellent record that will ALWAYS grow on you the more you listen. Worth the buy.


Formed: 1991 in West Somerville, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although they evolved into a full-fledged pop band, Guster began their career as a quirky acoustic trio. The band, whose three co-founders met during freshmen year at Tufts University, spent most of the 1990s touring the college circuit and releasing independent albums, all of which featured hand percussion in lieu of a traditional drum set. Released in 1999, Lost and Gone Forever widened the band’s sound considerably, and the follow-up album found percussionist Brian Rosenworcel playing a drum set...
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