- Lost and Gone Forever
today is sickening. Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, Britney
Spears, etc - they are all examples of how music is going
to hell. If only there were pop music that relied more on
musical talent instead of being a "hottie."
there is… there is. Bands like Fountains of Wayne and the
Promise Ring have shown us the light at the end of the tunnel.
Because of bands like them there is still hope for music.
There is still time for it to be renewed, for the industry
to look at itself and think, "What the hell are we doing?"
is another example of a pop band that shows definite promise.
Their third album Lost and Gone Forever is a collection
of pop songs, but "good" pop songs. While listening to the
songs off this album, one can't help but start to sing along.
You don't even have to really know what they are saying, you
can sing along without actually realizing it. Lyrics like
"4, 3, 2, 1, when at the barrel of a gun" (from "Barrel of
a Gun") are just catchy. The song is nothing groundbreaking
- it is just a song about a person obsessed with a movie star,
but the song is still great.
this album is a bit different from other pop rock albums.
It is much lighter than say, The Promise Ring's Very Emergency.
Adam and Ryan are both on vocals and guitars. Brian plays
percussion, but without sticks. His fingers are wrapped and
he plays everything with his fingers, lightening their sound
considerably. Congas are heavily employed throughout, earning
Brian the title of "Legendary Conguero." And no, there is
no bassist. The sound is similar to bands like Toad the Wet
Sprocket, Matchbox 20, Semisonic, and the Goo Goo Dolls, but
a little lighter. Influence from bands such as Sugar, REM,
and Phish are readily apparent.
and Gone Forever is a refreshing change in pop music.
Guster is not out to prove anything other than that they are
a band of good musicians. They have been at it for a long
time. Their first album, Parachute, was released under
the name GUS, the band changed their name for their second
album, Goldfly. On Lost and Gone… Steve Lillywhite
produced (he has also produced for Dave Matthews). Through
his production, the band finally achieved what they have been
trying to do for some time now, to capture the sound of their
who are looking for an album just to have fun with, this is
a great album to start with. The band is definitely having
a great time with their music, and their enjoyment shows through.
"Up to Heaven" revolves what is almost an acoustic "Girl from
Ipanema(sp)" theme, is sung entirely in falsetto, and incorporates
cheap lyrical rhymes like "just relax, greener grass." Sure,
the music is commercially focused, and the lyrics are nothing
too inventive. Who really cares, so long as it is good? Guster
may play pop music, but Guster has yet to become popular.
Let's hope this album does it for them. They definitely deserve
and Gone Forever
3.8 out of