This band I heard on the Centerville High School radio station in Dayton, Ohio (WCWT The Beef!) caught my ear every time their songs came on, but I didn't know what the band's name was. I found a link while browsing Dave Matthews Band CDs On Amazon to Guster, and decided to check them out; I didn't know they were the band I heard on the radio.
I found my way to a few tracks that people recommended in other reviews, and realized the connection. I was thoroughly impressed with what I had already heard (Fa Fa and Barrel of a Gun), but was moreso amazed by how amazingly easy I could listen to all the other songs (the songs I heard on the radio aren't even on this CD!). It seemed every new one I heard I could listen to all day, and I could remember the lyrics from the first listen.
There's not a bad note on this CD. It really is some of the best music I've heard. Every song is great, I really think each song is good and different, and has a certain universiality that can let you listen anytime. I listen to Dave Matthews Band a lot (until his new CD, it's a shame the way they changed. It oozes Glen Ballard's sugar-candy style that does not fit DMB at all), and to fill the void I have found Guster.
Wow they've been around awhile, but a true diamond in the rough that you won't appreciate unless you take this review to heart. It's great music that only makes you feel good and amazed at the way simple intruments can be translated into complex and extremely original hooks and arrangements. I hope that they continue to make great CDs, and keep the upbeat and universal sound. I rank this CD right there with Under the Table & Dreaming and Live at Luther College. Songs I especially recommend (not just on this CD): Cocoon, Window, Fall In Two, Either Way, Two Points For Honesty, and Happy Frappy. Go get em.