Ganging Up on the Sun

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
On this, their fifth studio album, the members of Guster appear to have followed the counsel of baseball sage Yogi Berra, who famously told advice seekers, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." Ganging Up on the Sun is awash in the sunny harmonies that've been part and parcel of virtually everything Guster have done in the past, but they're layered over melodies that are more conventionally "rockist," a change that's likely to draw plenty of new converts. The muscled-up sound is most palpable on songs like "Manifest Destiny" and the angular "The New Underground," both bristling with sharp electric guitar lines far removed from the campfire sing-alongs of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
On this, their fifth studio album, the members of Guster appear to have followed the counsel of baseball sage Yogi Berra, who famously told advice seekers, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." Ganging Up on the Sun is awash in the sunny harmonies that've been part and parcel of virtually everything Guster have done in the past, but they're layered over melodies that are more conventionally "rockist," a change that's likely to draw plenty of new converts. The muscled-up sound is most palpable on songs like "Manifest Destiny" and the angular "The New Underground," both bristling with sharp electric guitar lines far removed from the campfire sing-alongs of the band's earlier days. Part of that sea change can be attributed to the integration of multi-instrumentalist Joe Pisapia -- formerly a touring sideman -- who thickens the sound of songs like "C'mon," which has a sweet 'n' sour tang reminiscent of Lindsey Buckingham's contributions to Tusk. Drummer Brian Rosenworcel's change of weaponry is also worth pointing out. He's gradually been weaning himself off the array of hand percussion that he once used to hold down Guster's bottom end, an evolution that's pretty complete, judging by the full-kit pulse that propels songs like the forcefully infectious single "One Man Wrecking Machine." That last title may sound like a prelude to an ass-kicking, but Guster haven't exactly morphed into bare-knuckle brawlers. No, they've simply put a little meat on the bones of their compositions; it's a look that suits them well.
All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Guster has quietly become a very good pop band -- and something more. Over the past decade, they've been slowly honing their craft, building their fan base, and making records that are unprepossessing but more and more compelling. Ganging Up on the Sun just might be their best yet. It certainly is their richest sounding record: the guitars are perfectly layered; the vocals warm and inviting, with sun-kissed harmonies on nearly every track; the songs filled with bubbling keyboards, twanging banjos, and all kinds of sonic embellishment. The group, who produced much of the album themselves, have taken all kinds of care with the sound of the record. Each track sounds handcrafted and labored over, yet retains a loose and mellow feel. That's not an easy trick to pull off, and they manage it without breaking a sweat. Of course, a lovely sound only gets your foot in the door. To get all the way in, you have to have some memorable and hummable songs, and Ganging Up on the Sun has a boatload of them. There are mellow strum-and-singalongs like the country-flavored "The Captain" and melancholy ballads like "Dear Valentine," along with hard-rocking tunes both cynical and angry ("The Beginning of the End") and just cynical ("The New Underground"). The album even makes room for the epic-length "Ruby Falls," which could teach Coldplay a thing or two about drama and dynamic tension. There is a gravity and depth to this record that may surprise even their devoted fans. Indeed at their best, which is where they operate throughout most of the album, Guster has the same qualities that the best Amer-indie bands do: total commitment emotionally and musically. A song like "C'mon" isn't powered by market considerations, niche marketing, or calculated constructs; it comes from the heart and it'll move you. A couple tracks on the album ("Satellite," "Hang On," "Manifest Destiny") might even break your heart in a sweet way -- in a way that you'll want to hit "repeat" as soon as the album is over. Any fan of low-key, perfectly constructed, hooky, and honest guitar pop would be wise to check out Guster if you haven't already. Check them out now if you wrote them off in the past as being lightweights or just some good-time local band that did well, because it turns out you were wrong. Ganging Up on the Sun is the work of a band who matters.
New York Times - Nate Chinen
Angst has rarely sounded sweeter than it does on "Ganging Up on the Sun," which swirls with classic vocal harmonies, vintage organs and lightly strummed guitars.

Angst has rarely sounded sweeter than it does on "Ganging Up on the Sun," which swirls with classic vocal harmonies, vintage organs and lightly strummed guitars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2006
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624996521
  • Catalog Number: 49965
  • Sales rank: 51,829

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lightning Rod (2:55)
  2. 2 Satellite (4:34)
  3. 3 Manifest Destiny (3:01)
  4. 4 One Man Wrecking Machine (4:14)
  5. 5 The Captain (3:26)
  6. 6 The New Underground (2:50)
  7. 7 Ruby Falls (7:06)
  8. 8 C'mon (3:53)
  9. 9 Empire State (4:59)
  10. 10 Dear Valentine (4:34)
  11. 11 The Beginning of the End (2:52)
  12. 12 Hang on (4:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Guster Primary Artist
Ron Aniello Guitar, Piano
Jim Hoke Harmonica
Neal Rosengarden Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jason Lehning Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Melissa Mathes Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ron Aniello Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Jason Lehning Producer, Engineer
Ryan Miller Composer
Brian Rosenworcel Composer
Joe Pisapia Composer, Producer
Jacquire King Engineer
Eddie Jackson Engineer
Dalton Sim Management
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    Posted October 1, 2010

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    it gradually grows on you. I'd only heard the song "Amsterdam" a couple of years back, but I liked it. So I picked up this disc, gave it a listen and thought "Not Bad..." then a few days later I played it again and the next thing you know it's in my CD player for 3 days straight.

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