Easy Wonderful by Guster (2010)

17Jan11

If you know me, you’re probably aware of my schoolgirl obsession with Guster. I love to wear my hair in pigtails, shine my braces, and dance around fields of flowers singing Guster songs. But dammit there’s a reason why grown men are allowed to listen to Guster and still be cool…right? Easy Wonderful is not going to be the Guster album that we Gustermen finally submit to the council and say “See? They are manly”. But that’s OK, because they still kick ass in concert and know how to crank out good wuss rock. Seriously, go to a Guster show and let me know your opinion of them afterward. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard “that was the best concert I’ve ever been to”.

Easy Wonderful is Guster’s umpteenth album, and over the years they have intentionally changed up their style to keep things interesting. This latest version of Guster comes with some religious lyrics and shorter track times (most are right around 3 minutes). None of the songs here have the epic instrumental build-up endings, and the obvious reason is the recent good-terms departure of Joe Pisapia. I’ll tell you more about him another time. Several of these 3-minute bursts have radio potential, especially my favorite track ‘That’s No Way to Get to Heaven’. It’s not a song I would play with my friends in the car, unless I wanted them to punch me in the face and give me a wedgie. But I do plan on putting that gem on mix CD’s for my niece when she is old enough to appreciate it! It would probably be a bad idea to pick apart the rest of the album song by song, because honestly they are all easily categorized into a few groups. You got the “religious” songs…a quick scan of the song titles and you will find the words Jesus, Heaven, Jesus again, Mary, Jonah, and Hercules (was he in the Bible?). Thankfully only one of those songs are straight-up religious (‘Stay With Me Jesus’) so the album doesn’t turn into a God-rock snoozefest. The rest of them simply make a biblical mention like ‘Jesus & Mary’, which references their relationship along with Romeo & Juliet. Translation: do not pass on this record because you think it’s God rock, because it isn’t. A few of the other songs on Easy Wonderful will do well at shows, like ‘Do What You Want’ and ‘What You Call Love’. The Gusters never disappoint on stage!

I don’t know if this was intentional or not, but while listening to the messages of the songs on Easy Wonderful, it’s obvious that the band members are all now fathers. There are several daddy-to-daughter messages throughout the album, and I appreciate that these guys are nodding to their family life with pride instead of being too cool to admit you love your child on a rock record. You can definitely play this CD with the kids in the car, and in fact you may even find them singing along to the simple hooks and positive messages of ‘This Could All Be Yours Someday’ and ‘Bad Bad World’ (free download on the band’s website). Try it out and let me know if I’m right!

Guster is very appreciative of their fans, and they make it easy to meet/greet at shows. In that vein, they recently allowed fans to create videos for all the songs on Easy Wonderful. I think they made 1 or 2 themselves. If you want to sample the tracks and watch the videos, go to http://www.guster.com/easywonderful/ and enjoy! You can also listen to the entire Easy Wonderful album on Guster’s Facebook page…do it now before they take it down!

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One Response to “Easy Wonderful by Guster (2010)”

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