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  • Band members: Joe Pisapia
  • Summary: Straightforward pop songs are this Boston band's specialty, and its latest release builds around its trademark sound with melodious guitars, sweeping vocal harmonies, and hook-filled songs.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. Jan 11, 2011
    With Easy Wonderful, Guster has attained that perfect pop rock sound, yet hasn't abandoned its roots as an acoustic trio.
  4. Oct 22, 2010
    After 15 years of recording together, the members of Guster deliver their poppiest, most cohesive effort with Easy Wonderful.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. If Guster can grow old and still sound so damn cheerful, maybe everything won't be so drab after all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 27, 2010
    It'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. Expand
  2. a_1
    Nov 16, 2010
    Layered, 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. Collapse
  3. EJA
    Nov 20, 2010
    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 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. Expand
  4. Nov 1, 2010
    On its best tracks, such as Architects + Engineers and Stay With Me Jesus, Guster do what they do best, giant choruses with interesting, catchy instrumental hooks. It's all very digestable, but the second half of the album sags a little in quality; nothing really pops, and the last track sounds confusingly like The Killers. Expand

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