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  • Summary: The Boston-based trio has developed a devoted following over the course of three albums and ten years of touring. This fourth album, produced by Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo), adds additional elements such as bass and drums to their ususal mix of two acoustic guitars and bongos.

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You walked out when I asked you to stay As usual you'll get your way You closed the door and stumbled down to the street Where you wring your... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Keep It Together may not feature the emotional dynamics or track-by-track genius of Lost and Gone Forever, but it has something that its predecessor didn't: an unabashed pop anthem that dares you to sit still.
  2. Overall, you can still expect the same and more from Guster on this very summery record: tempo changes that will catch you off your guard, melodies that will stay in your head forever, and lyrics that may seem simple, but actually go deeper into life than you originally thought they did.
  3. Given the four years since the band's previous album (and arguably its defining moment), one can't help wishing it didn't sound quite so effortless. A little more elbow grease would have gone a long way.
  4. It's probably the best synthesis so far of Guster's strong melodic quirks and their willingness to nudge at the boundaries of their own sound.
  5. The thing that really bothers me the most about this album is how conventional it sounds.
  6. Keep It Together proves that all the touring hasn't hardened Guster's bright folk-pop sound a bit.
  7. Harmless and happy, with an underbelly of serious sadness, Keep it Together dares to be average, and comes out sounding and feeling pretty decent.

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  1. TheCritic
    Jun 27, 2006
    definately a ten all you reviewers... c'mon!!!
  2. briank
    Nov 21, 2005
    best album ever.
  3. KJMeche
    Oct 30, 2004
    Every song on this CD has a different feel to it, and Guster's singers always succeed in lifting my spirits
  4. TomN
    Jan 4, 2006
  5. Sharon
    Sep 5, 2004
    Guster really is a great band. I saw them live with ben folds and it was awesome. this cd is also really good.
  6. DaveN
    Sep 22, 2006
    People don't realize how different Guster's CD are from each other. Parachute, while a good debut, showed them struggeling to People don't realize how different Guster's CD are from each other. Parachute, while a good debut, showed them struggeling to secure a signature sound. Goldfly tweaked the errors, but resulted in an extremely dark sound. Lost and Gone Forever was the attempted "sellout" CD with the clean pop sound. Keep it Together shows the band evolving into magnificent song writers who don't need the signature bongos in the background to obtain a unique sound. While Lost and Gone Forever might be viewed as more memorable, Keep it Together is the better CD. Expand
  7. HomieBB
    Jun 29, 2006
    this album is definately not a ten, b/c of the lack of good songs!!!!!!!!!!

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