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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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
122 Ratings
122 Ratings
J McDonald ,

Go back to your roots

Guster should go back to where they started with the rock feeling and bongos. That's what got them to this point, so why change? This new electronic sound is boring, it doesn't sound like the guster we got to know and love at all.

Kevbo_04 ,

Guster Gets Artsy!

Let me preface this review by saying that I am a long-time Guster fan. I love Parachute as much as the next Guster loyalist (possibly more). Over their time, Guster has added more electric sounds and strayed from their bongo-driven, raw sound. But HERE’S THE CATCH: Guster has continually kept the sound fresh. Though this new record is very electronic, it is far from selling out. Guster, like any true artists, have always focused on “saying something” with their music; they focus on lyrics and trying different things. Over the years since Parachute, they have honed their song crafting skills. Each of these songs are incredibly clever—from the melody in the lyrics to the percussion, to their subtle instrument choices give a very flavorful, textural experience that can be appreciated a wide variety of audiences. This review is long, but I would definitely recommend a Buy on this one. Guster is still doing the thing they do so well: Write good music.

austin_ang ,

Way to keep it fresh!

Always exploring new musical directions with a sense of humor and a thought provoking lyrical message. Gotta love these guys for sticking together and continuing to make great music. !!

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