First of all, I detest labels: emo, metal, alt, grunge. Perhaps it helps adolescents glom on to each other for some kind of sad community, but it isn't what the music is about. That's the delight of Guster: They, like the best bands, resist vapid classification. They rock, soft and hard, keep the toes off the carpet. My favorite track on LAGF started out as "Heaven", because of the sublime use of falsetto and the melodic hooks. Then, after the tenth or eleventh listening, I came to the conclusion that each song is a gem, polished and placed in the tastiest setting. For example, "Either Way" with an impeccable string arrangement in the background and its ironic lyric creates an aura of accessibility, but at its heart, the song is cleverly bittersweet. "I'll have to wait to get the best of you" operates on two levels. Witty guys, adam, brian, and ryan.
I beg you, buy this disc, play it till you neighbors come over and ask you who this great band is.