The Guest (album)

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The Guest
Studio album by Phantom Planet
Released June 5, 2002
November 4, 2003 (reissue)
Recorded 1999-2003 Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywood, CA, mastered at Gateway Mastering [1]
Genre Alternative rock
Pop rock
Power pop
Length 42:56
57:23 (reissue)
Label Epic
Producer Mitchell Froom
Tchad Blake
Phantom Planet chronology
Phantom Planet Is Missing
(1998)
The Guest
(2002)
Phantom Planet
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (7.3/10)[4]

The Guest (originally titled Phantom Planet Was Here) is the second album by rock band Phantom Planet, released on November 4, 2002. It was reissued by Epic Records in 2003; this version includes four bonus tracks, music videos, photos, and lyrics scanned from the notebook in which the album was originally written.

The album produced the band's breakthrough hit, "California", which became the theme song to the Fox TV series, The O.C., in August 2003. Its music video aired on MTV2 in mid-2002.

The track "Lonely Day" is also featured on the Smallville, Het Geslacht De Pauw, and Laguna Beach soundtracks.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "California"   Alex Greenwald, Jason Schwartzman, Joseph Meyer, B.G. De Sylva 3:14
2. "Always On My Mind"   Alex Greenwald 3:27
3. "Lonely Day"   Alex Greenwald, Jason Schwartzman 3:40
4. "One Ray of Sunlight"   Alex Greenwald 4:43
5. "Anthem"   Alex Greenwald 4:21
6. "In Our Darkest Hour"   Alex Greenwald, Adam Schlesinger 3:02
7. "Turn, Smile, Shift, Repeat"   Alex Greenwald 5:22
8. "Hey Now Girl"   Alex Greenwald 2:35
9. "Nobody's Fault"   Jacques Brautbar, Alex Greenwald, Jason Schwartzman 3:23
10. "All Over Again"   Alex Greenwald 4:19
11. "Wishing Well"   Alex Greenwald 2:03
12. "Something Is Wrong"   Alex Greenwald 4:21
Total length:
42:56
Bonus tracks on 2003 remastered version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "California (Demo)"   Alex Greenwald, Jason Schwartzman 3:16
14. "Always On My Mind (London Version)"   Alex Greenwald 3:22
15. "The Guest (Live at the Troubadour)"   Alex Greenwald, Jacques Brautbar, Sam Farrar, Darren Robinson, Jason Schwartzman 3:43
16. "This Is What You Get (Demo)"   Alex Greenwald 4:08
Total length:
57:23
Bonus Disc Track Listing
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "The Guest (Demo)"   Alex Greenwald, Jacques Brautbar, Sam Farrar, Darren Robinson, Jason Schwartzman 3:44
14. "Do the Panic (Live)"   Alex Greenwald 3:03
15. "California (Live)"   Alex Greenwald, Jason Schwartzman 3:19

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Vanderhoff, Mark (2002-02-26). "The Guest - Phantom Planet". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  5. ^ Vanderhoff, Mark (2002-02-26). "The Guest - Phantom Planet". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-20.