Parachute

Parachute

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by Guster
     
 
Recorded while the band members were college juniors at Tufts University, Guster's debut album, Parachute, was something of a surprise hit for the Boston-based trio. Hailed as the Best Local Debut Album of 1995 by the Boston Globe, the album features rootsy but unique instrumentation. The songs are dominated by the twin acoustic guitars and excellent vocal

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Recorded while the band members were college juniors at Tufts University, Guster's debut album, Parachute, was something of a surprise hit for the Boston-based trio. Hailed as the Best Local Debut Album of 1995 by the Boston Globe, the album features rootsy but unique instrumentation. The songs are dominated by the twin acoustic guitars and excellent vocal harmonies of Ryan Miller and Adam Gardner, while the drum kit-free percussion is handled by Brian Rosenworcel. Ignoring traditional rock drumming, Rosenworcel relies on bongos and other hand percussion instruments to create a unique, full, one-man rhythm section. The songs are augmented by guest musicians who contribute bass, drums, and various strings, but they are mostly relegated to the background. Ranging from exuberant folk-rock to mournful ballads, the song writing is excellent, although, at this stage in their career, Guster is clearly learning how to best utilize their strengths while filling in the gaps in their sound. Producer Mike Denneen does an admirable job, but at times the sound is thin and unimaginative. He succeeds more often than not, adding swelling strings to the heartfelt vocals and strummed guitars title of the title track. Parachute is a remarkably enjoyable independent debut album. The songs are somewhat constrained by the band and producer's inexperience, but Guster proves it's better to struggle a bit with ambitious music than play mediocre material well.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/1998
Label:
Ocho Mule
UPC:
0714564010121
catalogNumber:
101

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guster   Primary Artist
Mike D   chamberlain
Jeff Murphy   Drums
Michael Rivard   Upright Bass
Clayton Scoble   Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Jay Bellerose   Drums
Scott Davis   Guitar,Vocals
Milt Sutton   Drums
Shannon Worrell   Track Performer
Five for Fighting   Track Performer
Tender Idols   Track Performer
Adam Gardner   Guitar,Vocals
Ryan Miller   Guitar,Vocals
Brian Rosenworcel   Percussion,Bongos
Andy Custer   Electric Bass
Morgan Dawley   Guitar
Dejan Kralj   Guitar
Goran Kralj   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Scott Schwebel   Percussion,Drums
Tom Swafford   Violin
Wes Yoakam   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Steve Garrett   Cello
Red Elephant   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Mike Denneen   Producer,Engineer
David Lowery   Producer
John Morand   Engineer
Robert Hamilton   Art Direction
Jason Lee   Art Direction

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Parachute 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is very unique and it is not like any other music. However if you like soft Alternative music like Dave Matthews Band of Hootie and the Blowfish, you would probably like this type of music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guster's first album is a little rough around the edges and the songs are a little quirky, but the songs are still fun and well worth a listen. Guster's sound shifts away from mainstream formulated pop and gives its listeners something they crave: good music. The songs are rich in sound, arrangement and style. This first project was the beginning of a lot of great music.