• Record Label: Republic
  • Release Date: Oct 5, 2010
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
Buy On
  1. Jan 11, 2011
    80
    With Easy Wonderful, Guster has attained that perfect pop rock sound, yet hasn't abandoned its roots as an acoustic trio.
  2. A charming collection of breezy, hook-filled pop songs.
  3. If you are looking for big-hearted, easy-to-swallow guitar pop, you could do much worse than Guster. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to do much better.
  4. These ideas are anything but easy, but on Easy Wonderful, Guster wraps its thoughtful approach to pop with the kind of outsized hooks that the band does better than just about anyone.
  5. Uncut
    80
    Multi-instrumentalist Joe Pisapia, produced much of Easy Wonderful, which is distinguished by impeccably crafted contours, sharp lyrics, buoyant grooves and swelling choruses. [Nov 2010, p.90]
  6. Oct 22, 2010
    79
    After 15 years of recording together, the members of Guster deliver their poppiest, most cohesive effort with Easy Wonderful.
  7. There's something happily uncomplicated--and at times proudly uncool--about his band's sixth album, Easy Wonderful, like a 1990s Baja hoodie that you can't bring yourself to throw out.
  8. The Tufts-bred pop rock quartet is still interested in layering varied instrumentation- banjos and synthesizers, warped electric guitars and clanging bells--to achieve different textures, Easy just feels a bit cleaner and less symphonically ambitious. But that doesn't mean it's less diverse.
  9. The five-piece band's new album, Easy Wonderful, is full of those same universal ponderings and investigations of love.
  10. If Guster can grow old and still sound so damn cheerful, maybe everything won't be so drab after all.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 27, 2010
    10
    It's truely difficult to find a bad song in this fantastic album. Guster spent four years perfecting this album and it shows. Easy WonderfulIt's truely difficult to find a bad song in this fantastic album. Guster spent four years perfecting this album and it shows. Easy Wonderful is an absolutely "Wonderful" album. Full Review »
  2. EJA
    Nov 20, 2010
    7
    Its Guster and it is good, but I was likin' the more serious and layered Ganging up on the Sun. This sounds like a louder Lost and Gone andIts Guster and it is good, but I was likin' the more serious and layered Ganging up on the Sun. This sounds like a louder Lost and Gone and forever. Its a little to "Im hitting my mid 30's and I love my kids" dad music which I guess is where they are. Full Review »
  3. a_1
    Nov 16, 2010
    10
    Layered, sweet and warm. Guster's latest instalment is everything that could be expected from this amazing group. It's novel but familiar aLayered, sweet and warm. Guster's latest instalment is everything that could be expected from this amazing group. It's novel but familiar a little like a new home style dessert. It presents with clear direction and identity. Time was taken and the scaffolding on the tracking has clearly bee carefully considered. I found the album truly engaging from go to wo. Waves of melodic guitars laden with breath taking peaks, deep valleys and subtle transitions are woven gracefully around and through an equally impressive vocal showcase. Almost all instrumentation compliments, resolves or creates anticipation. These guys just get it and they do it better than anyone. Well worth the wait. Full Review »