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Ryan Miller: vocalist, guitarist
Adam Gardner: guitarist/vocalist
Brian Rosenworcel: percussion/drummer
Luke Reynolds: guitar/bass/keyboards/vocals

“I told Swift that our last two records took a year each to make,” laughs Guster’s Ryan Miller. “He told me he’d never spent more than nine days on an album.” The band and producer got together ... Read more in Amazon's Guster Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B00001SIEW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Guster makes music using just guitars, voices, and hand percussion. By choice, the Boston trio have used their unique, sparse instrumentation to come up with creative arrangements and out of the ordinary sounds. The result is quite simply great music; songs with infectious melodies, stunning harmonies, penetrating lyrics and innovative percussion. Legendary Producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews, Peter Gabriel) signed on with the Guster team after witnessing two heaving, sold-out shows at New York's Irving Plaza last summer. This fruitful marriage resulted in Lost And Gone Forever, an album of immense proportions and a significant leap forward when measured against 1998's acclaimed Goldfly.


Guster's formula is quite simple: Take time-tested harmonies à la Simon and Garfunkel or the Hollies, pour them over pleasant acoustic guitars, and add a pinch of congas for toe-tapping made easier. Lost and Gone Forever all but screams "radio friendly!" (especially with hit-producing wunderkind Steve Lillywhite at the knobs), but luckily the final product is more palatable than that. The musical plan is occasionally augmented by an electric guitar or strings, but generally follows harmonious sounds over articulate voices. Some people will listen to Lost and Gone Forever and find it too slight and completely corny, but others will fall under the spell of Ryan Miller and Adam Gardner's full-bodied vocal blend. --Jason Josephes

Customer Reviews

This band has great harmonies, great melodies, and great, meaningful lyrics.
While there is a consistent "sound" to all of the songs, they all sound very different and have some real unique parts to them.
Every song on this album is great; it's the kind of cd that you can listen to over and over again without getting sick of it.
C. Christopher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Olson on February 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Lost & Gone Forever is the best of Guster's releases that comes the closest to their live sound. They have a great & interesting sound. Guster is composed of Brian, the drummer, who drums on bongos & djembe drums with his bare hands only. No sticks were harmed in the making of this album! It presents an amazing background to their music, both on this album & it's even more amazing live! Ryan & Adam share guitar duties; they don't really have a bass player, but bass is on the album. They have great harmony songs that really flow with the intricate guitars. The lyrics are definitely interesting & not the usual spam on Top 40-type radio. Outstanding tracks for me personally are Two Points For Honesty, What You Wish For, & Center Of Attention. I am newly obsessed with this band, so listen to the music, & then go see them live!
This is my newest discovery from just last year. I experienced their live show first, having never heard of them beforehand. I think this alone has ruined any of their CD's for me because they are SO EXCELLENT LIVE! I got a hold of their first two CD's before this newest one came out & thought they paled considerably to their live sound, but you do enjoy them after some listens.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Siegel on March 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Although this cd may not be as useful as sliced bread, and perhaps not quite as tasty, Guster's "Lost and Gone Forever" is one hell of a record. The boys from Guster really continued in their tradition of going against the grain in many cases; a perfect example is the second track on L&GF, "Barrel of a Gun." This was one of the first Guster songs I ever heard, and it was also the song responsible for getting me hooked to the band. Some unique aspects of this song that struck me as being brilliant, are as follows: in one part, brian (the conguero) plays some chimes with his hand, and then at the moment when everything in the song pauses, you can actually HEAR brian grasping the chimes together in his hands and muting them; a very nice touch. Later in the song, rather than playing any kind of actual drum, brian plays the beat on a typewriter, even working in the little "ding, sliiiiiiiide" at some points. The musical genious of this album is really just unparalelled by most other bands (save for the Dave Matthews Band), and it really shows on this album. One more thing......GUSTER IS FOR WORCESTER!!!!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "e-will" on June 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I published a 25-CD list of my top CD's of the 90's and this was my choice at #1. Check it out.
I am from New England and Guster had played at my university for years, but I had never heard them until 1999. I heard "Barrel of a Gun" and "Fa Fa" on the radio and thought they were great songs. Real catchy, upbeat, great bongo drums, harmonies. It's damn hard not to move and sing along when you hear these songs. "What You Wish For", "Center of Attention", "Happier" are also in the same vein as the formerly mentioned songs. Most of the songs on this CD could have been hit singles, they're all catchy and radio friendly while not sounding overly poppy. The melodies will really stick in your head. Just great songwriting and a real breath of fresh air. These guys are big on college campuses. I'm trying to think of a comparison to describe Guster. It's not too easy but when I first heard them I thought of Rusted Root meets the Beach Boys meets Dave Matthews. I can't really think of any bands all that similar to Guster, they are in my opinion the top band out right now.
Guster has a great natural sound with acoustic guitars, harmonies, and bongo/conga drums. The bongos/congas really give Guster a distinct sound and approach to their music. It sill often sounds like there is a full drum kit and percussion section. The songs kick with energy. Lead singer Ryan Miller writes great lyrics. While a lot of the songs are fun and uptempo, most of the lyrics are dark or sad (even on the uptempo songs). He writes about depression, feeling isolated, being insecure, an obsession with a movie star, and breakups. No true love songs on this album. It's nice to have lyrics that most people can relate to and will make you think a little.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Katie Westfall on August 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Lost & Gone Forever was the first album I of Guster I'd listened to, but as I ventured out into their previously released and currently debuting albums, I came to realize that it remains their strongest. A lot of people are familiar with Guster because of "What You Wish For," but after listening to the entire album a couple of times, it is probably one of the lesser impressive songs, to be honest. This CD has a lot of potential; the drum beats throughout all of the songs is a perfect background for the lyrical choruses, and the the lyrics of the songs are genius. What's unique about this CD is that it entertains different moods. Whether you are ecstatic or utterly down, there are many songs that will satiate your temprament. Mentionable songs include: All the Way up to Heaven, Either Way, Fa Fa, Two Points for Honesty.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Stanley on June 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the only album I have ever voted 5 stars in my entire life. Guster is a great band, and this is the pinncale of their works. If you are new to Guster, THIS is the album to get!

See the other reviews, listen to the samples, and you will know THIS is the one Guster album that everyone should own!
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