The Guest - Phantom Planet
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. A gem, with sunny three-part harmonies and songs that sound familiar in the best way.
  2. Sing-along melodies and breezy hooks are strewn throughout.
  3. It’s hard to think of too many contemporary bands that are making such unapologetically sunny, pop-tinged rock and roll.
  4. But the thing is, somewhere between all the vamping and forced attempts at being hip and irreverent, they found the time to write and record a fine record.
  5. 12 tracks of fun, lighthearted rock tunes that are each instantly hummable.
  6. Their pure pop rock is both uncomplicated and uninhibited. [June 2002, p.120]
  7. 60
    The Guest, for all its flaws, is wise beyond the years of the musicians who made it.
  8. Given a choice between listenable power-pop by nobodies and the same product by cult movie stars, who's going to say no to a little glitter?
  9. The Guest is merely OK, a power-pop record whose songs seem catchy while they're playing but don't make a lasting impression.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 6, 2011
    9
    Great album which combines perfectly straight guitar pop or garage rock songs with more melodic and complex rock pieces. If you like the pianoGreat album which combines perfectly straight guitar pop or garage rock songs with more melodic and complex rock pieces. If you like the piano song "California" you will probably like this album. Full Review »
  2. daven
    Sep 22, 2006
    9
    A perfect blend of summery pop with melodic melodies.
  3. Jack
    May 18, 2004
    7
    Very good. California obviously getting alot of playing since The O.C.