Keep It Together Enhanced, Import
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Four years in the making, Keep It Together marks the return of popular modern rockers Guster, whose ceaseless touring and devoted fans have increased the album sales every time out. Now on a new label and produced by Ron Aniello (Lifehouse), Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, SleaterKinney) and David Henry, Guster is set for a major breakout with Keep It Together.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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!
To my ears, this is one of the best albums recorded by anyone - EVER. Hungry for more, I went out and purchased their back catalog of CDs (Parachute, Goldfly, Lost and Gone Forever), but I keep coming back to Keep it Together. Guster purists may not agree with me (and that's totally cool), but I like this album tremendously and think it's their finest to-date. Highlights include "Diane", "Careful", "Amsterdam", "Come Downstairs and Say Hello", "Homecoming King", and "Jesus on the Radio". All the tracks are good, but these really stand out. Great stuff!
If you like quality music and are able to divorce yourself from what you expect Guster to sound like based on their previous recordings, you can't possibly miss with Keep it Together. Buy this disc!
Having come to know and love Guster from their flawless 1999 album, "Lost and Gone Forever," I had high high hopes for where this quirky pop band with neo-Simon & Garfunkel harmonies would go next. This isn't what I expected. It's radio ready. It's slick. It's polished. And it's absolutely wonderful.
"Amsterdam," the first single, is the most immediate song they've ever crafted. And "Careful," "Homecoming King" and the title track aren't far behind. But, in case you're unfamiliar with Guster's off-beat musical landscape, no instrument is ever off-limits with these guys. No matter how radio friendly they get, "Keep It Together" showcases just how inventive and daring their arrangements are. The banjo on "Jesus on the Radio," the whistling in "Long Way Down" and the lightning-speed strumming in "Homecoming King" just scratch the surface of the depth of this band's musical intuition and keen pop sense.
But the two best songs here, without doubt, are "Ramona" and the stunning "Come Downstairs and Say Hello." The former track lays some Beach-Boys sunshine down on a heart-tugging chorus for brilliant - and bittersweet - effect. "Come Downstairs..." is easily the greatest song this band has tackled yet. Every moment of its glorious extended-crescendo is pure perfection. The lyrics (which begin and end with a clever nod to the myth about Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" matching up with "The Wizard of Oz") sketch out suburban isolation and introverted courage with brevity and clarity.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
The title says it all. This is one of the best CD's in my collection. Enjoy!Published on April 15 2005
A few friends of mine recommended this band to me and I just can't get this CD out of my CD player. I could go and do a whole track by track analysis like everyone else, but that... Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Jason
Guster- Keep It Together
Another one bites the dust. the Gods of Guster complete yet another drop down and out album. Read more
Guster had an amazing combination of non-traditional drumming style, interesting guitar work, and fantastic vocal harmonies. However they have lost much of it. Read morePublished on June 4 2004 by Tucker Morgan
I have been a long time fan of Guster and I wept when I listened to this so-called music. Good job boys, you cracked out of the clutish into the pop world. Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by Eric Horowitz
I have been a Guster fan since they were called Gus and it has really been a journey watching their music progress from the edgy yet fun Parachute to the tight grooves of Keep It... Read morePublished on April 9 2004
Guster sounds like...Guster. I saw John Mayer featuring Guster in concert, and I was hooked on the first strum. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by TBA
Guster is not normally my type of band at all. They used to play at my college all the time, and I wasn't too impressed with their first few albums (although in hindsight I... Read morePublished on March 12 2004 by Voltron00x