Keep It Together (album)

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Keep It Together
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Studio album by Guster
Released June 24, 2003
Recorded 2001–2003
Genre Alternative rock
Length 48:44
Label Palm, Reprise
Producer Roger Moutenot and Ron Aniello
Guster chronology
WBR Sessions
(2003)
Keep It Together
(2003)
Live 09/04/03 Knoxville, TN
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media 7/10 stars link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link

Keep It Together is an album by the band Guster, released in June 2003. The album was recorded from 2001 to 2003 in Bearsville, New York, New York City, Burbank, California, and Shokan, New York. This is the first album by Guster with Brian Rosenworcel on kit drums instead of hand percussion. Keep It Together went through several working titles, including Bitch Magic, Olympia Dukakis and Come Downstairs & Say Hello.[1]

According to the album's liner notes, Joe Pisapia contributed guest vocals on "Jesus on the Radio" and Ben Kweller did the same on "I Hope Tomorrow Is Like Today." Pisapia officially joined the band in 2003.[2]

The track Red Oyster Cult refers to the name of the American rock band Blue Öyster Cult.

A UK re-release included two bonus tracks, "Say That To My Face" and "Starless Heaven".

The record sold 267,000 copies by late 2005, according to Nielsen Soundscan.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Guster, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Lyrics Length
1. "Diane"   Ryan Miller 3:46
2. "Careful"   Miller 3:42
3. "Amsterdam" Guster, Tony Goddess, Ron Aniello Brian Rosenworcel 3:37
4. "Backyard"   Miller 2:55
5. "Homecoming King"   Rosenworcel 3:37
6. "Ramona"   Miller 3:06
7. "Jesus on the Radio" Ryan Miller, Joe Pisapia Miller, Joe Pisapia 2:17
8. "Keep It Together" Guster, Aniello Rosenworcel 3:43
9. "Come Downstairs and Say Hello"   Miller 5:16
10. "Red Oyster Cult"   Rosenworcel 3:27
11. "Long Way Down"   Miller 4:34
12. "I Hope Tomorrow Is Like Today" Guster, Ben Kweller Miller, Ben Kweller 3:22
13. "Silence"     0:30
14. "Two at a Time" (hidden track)   Miller 4:57
Guster performing an "unplugged" version of "Jesus on the Radio" at a concert at Ohio State University in 2006

When the band plays "Jesus on the Radio" live, they often play it "unplugged", without any instruments or microphones plugged in.[4]

"Keep It Together" can be heard at the end of the season 1 The O.C. episode "The Rescue".

"I Hope Tomorrow Is Like Today" can be heard in the film Wedding Crashers, and Malcolm in the Middle episode "Lois' Sister".

Personnel[edit]

Guster[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

"Backyard" guest musicians[edit]

Every guest musician on Keep It Together was forced to record a take on the song "Backyard". The rule was they could only record one take, and they must have no knowledge of the song before they began recording.[5]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2003 The Billboard Top 200 35

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2003 "Careful" Adult Top 40 30
"Amsterdam" Adult Top 40 20

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guster Keep It Together". Pollstar. February 10, 2003. 
  2. ^ "Joe Pisapia Leaves Guster To Tour with k.d. lang". Relix. September 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Guster Satisfies Ambitions On New Album". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Review by fan on guster.net
  5. ^ "Backyard" details at vividgreen.net