- Audio CD (July 15 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Enhanced, Import
- Label: Reprise
- ASIN: B0000973HA
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
|5. Homecoming King|
|7. Jesus On The Radio|
|8. Keep It Together|
|9. Come Downstairs & Say Hello|
|10. Red Oyster Cult|
|11. Long Way Down|
|12. I Hope Tomorrow Is Like Today|
EVERY SONG IS GREAT!
I urge you to get this CD.
The bright spots are numerous and the album is enjoyable. The record has a clean mix to it that when done well comes off in pure guitar peel-offs but when done poorly becomes a mess of studio overdubbing.
The highlights are "Diane", "Careful", "Ramona", and "Come Downstairs and Say Hello". The first single "Amsterdam" shines except for an oddly simple, power chord chorus. "Backyard" is close to being a subtle favorite were it not for some weak experimentation with dissonance. Yes, certain notes sound very bad together, lets accept it and stop ruining potentially good tracks.
"Come Downstairs and Say Hello" may be the best song on the record. Though it starts in slow winding fashion it seems to follow a musical and lyrical progression which ends in a classical almost galluping Guster sound. Despite the slow begining, the song maintains its musical interest and weight throughout and its end only serves as a pleasant and logical completion of the begining.
The true disappointments are infact not totally unredeemable. "Homecoming King" is musically fairly catchy but the lyrics are as reprensable as some of Jonh Mayer's weakest efforts. It is clearly a bitter coda to the people who made fun of these boys in highschool. The image of "Homecoming King" is trite and about as smart as all the word play on an O-Town record.Read more ›
It is a fun album, but I can hardly listen to it from disappointment.
The songs 'Amsterdam' and 'Careful' are probably the catchiest on the CD(those are the ones you might have heard on the radio), 'Ramona' and 'Diane' are sweet and easy listening(though they're all easy listening). 'Homecoming King' in my opinion, should be on the radio its so simple and smooth, and Guster teams up with Ben Kweller for 'I Hope Tomorrow Is Like Today', a smooth song that's a perfect end to the album! I could go on and on about this CD, but I think thats all I'll say for now...
PS- You HAVE to see this group live! They will blow you away!