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Keep It Together
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2003
Guster are on the brink of breaking into the mainstream in America with this new record. I discovered Guster a few years ago when they supported my favourite band, and haven't looked back. Their earlier work was excellent indie music, with the unusual twist of bongos instead of drums (it works, honestly!) This record sees them take a new direction to a more pop sound, but still with that excellent indie style.
These are really great musicians and funny guys. Check them out, you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2004
Any band that are able to use a banjo are a band that are to be reckoned with. From the smooth opener "Diane" we are introduced to some pretty interesting and fresh set of songs.
"Keep It Together" is an album that makes you remember that bands can produce amazing music with a seemless aproach. It sounds like they wrote each song as they played it and recorded it. Especially the title track and and "Backyard". Each song has a natural and the banjo gives it a dimension that makes the songs with it present, unique.
"Careful" is pop song that is full of melody, "Homecoming King" has a Curt Kirkwood style guitar lick and "Red Oyster Cult" is a strong meaty song that has some amazing druming and "Keep It Together" is a sing along classic.
An album with so many gems, every song is listenable makes you sing, air guitar or drum to. A rare and fresh album to have ever been lucky to hear.
Keep It Together - They're Singing A New Song Now and Lets Sing With Them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2004
Guster are one of those bands who deserve to be heard by everybody but have never had the chance. However, Keep It Together has finally got them recognised in the USA and hopefully that will follow over here. For me, Keep It Together is the strongest album they've released just because it is flawless. Everything you expect from them is present, plus a much more refined finish and not a single weak song make it an awesome album.
To choose favourite songs is hard, but for me Come Downstairs And Say Hello, Ramona, Careful and Keep It Together are particularly special. Red Oyster Cult is something totally different superbly carried out, and Amsterdam is the song that could make them instantly popular. Really though, every song on the album is excellent in its own way.
Think acoustic guitars with vocal melodies on top, and the totally unique sound of bongos/hand percussion keeping rhythm. Then add a wealth of other sounds for good measure, and you've got Keep It Together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Guster are a band that appeal to most people, and i have introduced them to many of my friends and without acception they have all loved their music. their sound is very soft with great guitar riffs accompanied by very complex and intresting precussion, the lead singers voice is very soft and the lyrics compliment the bands sound. every album and the latest ep that they have brought out are amazing, Parachute (1994), goldfly(1997), Lost and gone forever (1999), keep it together (2005), ganging up on the sun (2006), and satellite (ep) (2007) and i could not say for sure which is my favourite.

please whoever you are, listen......buy this album and see what you think, trust me when i say this, it will be the best album you will have bought in a long time!

In conclusion, guster are a band that suit any enviroment and any mood and are without doubt the best band that i know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2005
Totally unheard of in the UK this is Guster's attempt to make it over here and I hope they succeed. This is a great album for the summer with upbeat songs that remind me of the feel good music of the Beach Boys.
Their sound is distinctive, catchy lyrics are combined with amazing vocals, not to mention real musicianship. It's songs like "Amsterdam", "Keep It Together" and "Diane" that you will be humming all the time. My favourite track has to be "Backyard", simple and powerful it is a unique standout track that shows the musical ability of this band.
If you liked bands such as the Thirteen Senses and The Thrills you will like these guys. They have a broad appeal and would be a fine addition to any music collection.
If you are looking for good sounding music this summer then look no further. I can't recommend this band highly enough. Put simply, good music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2004
Guster's Keep It Together reminds us of the importance of good and uncomplicated tunes in the creation of a great music. Add unpretentious lyrics, relaxed and confident execution and some beguiling vocal harmonisation and you end up with this gem of an album.
All the tracks are top class, but Ramona was the one that grabbed me first.
Whatever it is that makes a class act, these guys have it. I can not imagine how anyone could not like this and am really looking forward to acquiring their next effort.
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on 18 May 2005
Since going to see Maroon 5 last November (Guster being the supporting act) I have been waiting patiently for them to be recognised over here! I ordered this album as soon as I got home, and it is one of the best purchases I have ever made. This is the sort of feel good music that this summer should be all about, with great melodies and lyrics, you really can't help but sing along.
There are some up-beat tracks (such as Red Oyster Cult and Careful) and some gentler tracks (such as I Hope Tomorrow is Like Today) so this is an album that suits most people in most moods. Fantastic, and if you like groups like Belle and Sebastian, Embrace and Manic Street Preachers then you will definitely like Guster!
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I like all of Guster's albums. I don't really have a definite favourite, it depends what mood I'm in really. Keep It Together is without doubt the band's cheeriest release. Almost every track practically overflows with summeriness compared to the darker folk indie pop whatever on Lost and Gone Forever and Goldfly (both also great albums). Amsterdam is the highlight everyone seems to pick out, but there are lots of other great songs as well, including Homecoming King and I Hope Tomorrow Is Like Today (which I couldn't resist pointing out to my friend that I knew when it popped up in the film Wedding Crashers). Definitely one for a summer's day, possibly outside on a deckchair with a beer.
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on 6 March 2006
(well, asked for for Christmas.) I got this after having only heard one song, Amsterdam(still my favourite - it's amazing), and was really pleased that I'd taken the risk. I took it on holiday with me, and it was greatly appreciated, especially amongst the women(not that men won't like it, just my brother and friend's brother didn't). Guster are kind of like a slightly more rock-ish, up-beat Travis, and are very good for listening to in the car at night.
The tunes are varied, not at all repetitive, and some of them get very stuck in your(Backyard). My favourites are the first 3 on the album, Diane, CAreful and Amsterdam - v. atmospheric, with brilliant lyrics.
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on 22 January 2006
Never have I bought an album knowing so little about its contents, and been so thrilled with it! This album has everything for the lover of indie or acoustic music, I think, and is really something special. I would recommend it to anyone, as would I any other Guster Album for that matter.
I bought this album having been lucky enough to see Guster as a supporting act live. God speed the day when I can see a full on Guster concert. BUY THIS ALBUM.
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