ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#4] Guster By
Keep It Together
Guster have come
up with the perfect album. This Boston based trio has delivered this generation's
Pet Sounds. Keep It Together is just that good. It's not so much the actual
songs themselves, which are pop gems, but rather their wonderful use of space.
It's what's not said that speaks volumes. I know this is a hard concept to follow
but listen to the album and you'll understand. Just as a brilliant author writes
every word to have a specific meaning, so does Guster with their songs. There
is a sense of balance and poise that belies their age. Percussion, strings, harmony
and falsetto blend into a heavenly mash of necessity rather than gratuitous indulgence.
It would be nonsensical of me to comment on all the songs given that each one,
while separately a masterpiece, splendidly forms the whole. I will predict that
"Amsterdam," the first single released, is going to propel these gents
into stardom. If you are ever asked that question again about what albums you
would bring to a deserted island you would be perspicacious to say that one of
them is Guster's Keep It Together.