A.V. Club Most Read

News Newswire Great Job, Internet!
TV Club All Reviews What's On Tonight
Video All Video A.V. Undercover A.V. Cocktail Club Film Club
Reviews All Reviews Film TV Music Books
Features All Features TV Club Wiki Wormhole
Sections Film Tv Music Food Comedy Books Games Aux
Our Company About Us Contact Advertise Privacy Policy Careers RSS
Onion Inc. Sites The Onion The A.V. Club ClickHole Onion Studios

Guster: Ganging Up On The Sun



Album: Ganging Up On The Sun
Label: Reprise

Community Grade (3 Users)

  • A
  • A-
  • B+
  • B
  • B-
  • C+
  • C
  • C-
  • D+
  • D
  • D-
  • F

Your Grade


One of those bands that seems to sell more T-shirts than albums, Guster has built a fervent fan base through smart self-promotion, a muscular touring schedule, and by writing clever, catchy, guitar-based pop songs with gorgeous harmonies. There was a time when that last factor was enough to break a band, but pop songs and pop music stopped meaning the same thing a long time ago. Still, bubbling under seems to suit Guster, which follows up its winning 2003 album Keep It Together with a worthy companion piece.

Ganging Up On The Sun doesn't include anything as instantly winning as Together's irresistible single "Amsterdam," but its songs of escape and disappointment have a way of sticking in the head anyway. "Manifest Destiny" balances a jaunty piano line with a lover's not entirely convincing plea that starting over somewhere else might solve some relationship problems. "One Man Wrecking Machine" summons a fantasy of getting a second chance at adolescence, but the lush, loud melody can't hide the knowledge that things wouldn't necessarily have turned out any better. It's pop music that's smart, and maybe even a little wise.