After three records on which the band stuck to its signature sound of two acoustic guitars and a set of bongo drums, this album saw the trio introduce traditional drums and bass to the mix. While the move was met with skepticism by some fans, it resulted in their best album.
When the title ‘Red Oyster Cult’ first popped up as today’s Random Weekend selection, I had no idea what to expect. I’ve heard and enjoyed the album Keep it Together many times, but not closely enough to know the song titles.
I started this non-theme week with a Ben Folds Five song and I’m finishing it with a tune by Guster. As it turns out, I’ll be seeing both of these bands in concert (along with the Barenaked Ladies) next month. So maybe this turned into half of an unofficial theme week after all.
I’m excited by idea of seeing Guster in concert. I don’t think their drummer plays exclusively with his hands anymore, but even absent that quirk, they have always struck me as a the sort of group that would dial things up creatively in a live performance.
I sort of swing between paying a whole lot of attention to a song’s lyrics and not paying much attention at all. Today’s song is an example of the latter, as I’m only discovering now that it apparently has a different meaning than I thought.
But I’ll get to that in a second. First a few words about Guster, one of those solid bands that has a strong indie following but hasn’t really been able to break through to mainstream success. I own three of their albums (the three most recent) and like them all quite a bit.