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Guster, "Amsterdam", Keep It Together.

Guster, "Amsterdam", Keep It Together (Palm Pictures, Warner/Reprise)

Boston trio Adam Gardner (guitar, vocals), Ryan Miller (guitar, vocals), and Brian Rosenworcel (percussion) have been a hot ticket on the Boston music scene for the last decade or better, having first assembled at Tufts University in the early '90s. Indeed, in their maturity, they still bear the hallmarks of a college band: precocious originality liberally salted with the influences that made them form a band in the first place, in Guster's case homages to R.E.M., The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, toad the wet sprocket abound. Keep It Together is a lovely set of mid-tempo and carefully accelerated rockers which, in the capable hands of veteran producer Roger Moutenot (Slater-Kinney, Yo La Tengo), glisten with clarity evident in the song crafting, musicianship, and lyric acuity. Lyrically, the songs dwell on Her: her comings, her leavings, her quirks, but like the Pernice Brothers' Yours, Mine, Ours, there's a subtle, earnest dignity to Keep It Together, an amiable melange of aural recipes designed to keep your attention.
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Date:Jul 1, 2004
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