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Guster — Lightning Rod
Album: Ganging Up On The Sun
Avg rating:
7.2

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Total ratings: 938









Released: 2006
Length: 2:48
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Standing on a building
I am a lightning rod
And all these clouds are so familiar
Descending from the mountain tops
The gods are threatening
But I will return an honest soldier

Home...

Steady on this high-rise
Like every lightning rod
And all these clouds are boiling over
Swimming in adrenaline
The sky is caving in
But I will remain the honest soldier

Home...
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Another song that gets better on a second listen...."7"...
This entire album is SOOOOO good.
 fredriley wrote:
For an exciting moment there in the squeeze organ (or whatever it's called) intro, I thought we were about to get an Ivor Cutler song. Now that would really put the cat amongst the pigeons ;-)

 
Ivor Cutler? De gustibus non est disputandum
This says I gave this a 3.  That can't be right.  Must have been a bad day at the office.
I can't get enough of this album.
Truly magnificent. There are a couple of sub-par (for Guster, anyway) songs on this album, but this, Satellite, and Ruby Falls are gems.
Nice! !
 nicknt wrote:
A very good song, but RP puts it in the playing list too often.

 
2 times in the last 30 days doesn't seem especially frequent to me.
I recently became very biased, my wife named our Corgi puppy "Guster" so I just bumped this up to a 7.
The guitar work in this reminds me of Donovan's "Please Don't Bend."
I've got a couple of Guster albums and listen to RP frequently. I can't remeber ever hearing this song played on RP until today. Hmmmmm, maybe too much of a good thing is bad for you. Thank goodness RP gives us just the right dose most all the time.
Beautiful :-)
 nicknt wrote:
A very good song, but RP puts it in the playing list too often.
 
This is only the second time I've heard it in some five years of listening. Maybe I listen at the wrong times...

From a "3" on originally hearing it, to a "5" today. I like Guster. This song isn't their finest effort though.
 nicknt wrote:
A very good song, but RP puts it in the playing list too often.
 
I've never heard it in two years of regular listening.

A very good song, but RP puts it in the playing list too often.
Man, only a tiny bit of their bongos.  I <3'ed the bongos.
 lemmoth wrote:
Hearing Elliot Smith-like vocals
 
For a bit there, I thought I heard TV on the Radio

 Jelani wrote:
I have to get this album.
Great melodies, great voice.Enigmatic songs. Beautiful harmonies.
 
 
Yes, you should get this album {#Good-vibes}
Hearing Elliot Smith-like vocals
This album is the poo. Cool sounds and cool lyrics.
Well, it's no Ruby Falls, but what is?  A nice tune.
Have tickets to see Guster in Boise on Sunday January 16.  Will be introducing friends to Guster.  Should be a great concert.
dig the album cover.

And all these clouds are boiling over
Swimming in adrenaline
The sky is caving in
But I will remain the honest soldier

'I think they would be quite something, to know in real life........'
Caught them live at Farm Aid a few years ago. Most enjoyable.
I have to get this album.
Great melodies, great voice.Enigmatic songs. Beautiful harmonies.
 
Got this CD for Christmas! It's been on my wish list for quite a while, and I'm not disapointed.
 fredriley wrote:
For an exciting moment there in the squeeze organ (or whatever it's called) intro, I thought we were about to get an Ivor Cutler song. Now that would really put the cat amongst the pigeons ;-)
 
Squeeze box - momma wears it on her chest.

I really dig this. Where's the guy from Vegas..."this is really good for the ears" he would say........


 Danimal174 wrote:
I have a lot of Guster's earlier CDs, but haven't heard a lot of of this one or their other newest ones. I was surprised at how this one actually reminded me of Radiohead a little, which is not normally a comparison I'd make.

 
They have only 3 earlier CDs, and the first one is not remotely interesting, although the next two are fabulous. This is the only one so far after those 3. (Working on a new one now, though.) And in my opinion, I think Radiohead would be one of the last bands I'd compare them to. Maybe that's just me.

 Deadwing wrote:
{#Music}  The whole album is terrific. Another band I probably would not have heard were it not for RP.

When I was still fairly new to "Satellite," I heard it being played in Cheddar's Casual Cafe... it took me a second to come to grips with hearing RP music there!



I wonder if snow patrol's Lightning Storm is next?
I have a lot of Guster's earlier CDs, but haven't heard a lot of of this one or their other newest ones. I was surprised at how this one actually reminded me of Radiohead a little, which is not normally a comparison I'd make.

I can name that song in one note....

 ThePoose wrote:
Buster, I could muster a lot of bluster for Guster before they lose their lustre and drive off in their Duster.
 
"Thanks, I needed that." (First time I've laughed today.)



Remember when Bluto said that in Animal House?

For an exciting moment there in the squeeze organ (or whatever it's called) intro, I thought we were about to get an Ivor Cutler song. Now that would really put the cat amongst the pigeons ;-)
THANK YOU BILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I requested this earlier! {#Dancingbanana_2}

{#Music}  The whole album is terrific. Another band I probably would not have heard were it not for RP.
bigB_3 wrote:
Ummm. Well, you gave The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian a 10.... :rolleyes: Nuff said.
LMFAO CALLED OUT! Someone did some investigating. I also loved Ruby Falls. I love these guys, eventhouigh they have the Beach Boys' sound.
Buster, I could muster a lot of bluster for Guster before they lose their lustre and drive off in their Duster.
houuuuuummmmmmm a 7
:wave: :meditate:
meh. I really like their song 'ruby falls' however.
vvvv Very cool post vvvv
Always liked Guster, from first exposure, what? 7 years ago or so...but then got more and more into them thanks to Bill and RP...THANKS BILL AND RP! Was lucky enough to get to Anchorage, grab a huge Chevy RV with killer sound system in it, and tour the state of AK last summer...was heading out of town and stopped in at a Fred Meyer store for supplies, and I was happy to buy this hauntingly good CD. It soon got the heaviest rotation. This particular song was playing as I came over the rugged hump and down into the Wrangell-St. Elias Wilderness...and got blown away...tens of peaks all over 16,000 feet; so numerous maps don't even bother naming them -- and I felt this: I'm a Lightning Rod! I love it -- and owe much indeed to RP!
I've got RP running off two computers via iTunes, this song was playing in my office and on the other computer in the big room, there's a slight delay of about 3 seconds or so between the feeds to each computer, rather beautiful sounding with this song I do say. row row row your boat.....
First time I've heard this band and song - first listen is pretty good. Would like to hear more may well improve my score after a few more listens.
This just caught me... :good-vibes:
bigB_3 wrote:
Ummm. Well, you gave The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian a 10.... :rolleyes: Nuff said.
Hahahahahahahah good one
FlatCat wrote:
Hateful noise.
Ummm. Well, you gave The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian a 10.... :rolleyes: Nuff said.
Hateful noise.
Four "sevens" in a row. This is what I find quite likeable about RP! 12:47 pm - Guster - Lightning Rod 12:38 pm - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - American X 12:34 pm - Arctic Monkeys - Old Yellow Bricks 12:29 pm - My Morning Jacket - The Way that He Sings
kapetto wrote:
This song is amazing. I wish it went on longer, that's my only complaint. This whole album just blows me away! I've been a Guster fan for years, frequenting 2 or three concerts a year. Just when I kinda get tired of them, they bust out a new album that has such a fresh sound it turns me into a fan all over again.
Four sevens in a row. This is what I find quite likeable about RP! 12:47 pm - Guster - Lightning Rod 12:38 pm - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - American X 12:34 pm - Arctic Monkeys - Old Yellow Bricks 12:29 pm - My Morning Jacket - The Way that He Sings
This song is amazing. I wish it went on longer, that's my only complaint. This whole album just blows me away! I've been a Guster fan for years, frequenting 2 or three concerts a year. Just when I kinda get tired of them, they bust out a new album that has such a fresh sound it turns me into a fan all over again.
squidish wrote:
Whoohoo, just got my tickets to see Guster at KaBoom in SF May 12!
Going to see 'em tonight. . .can't wait! Listened to Adam talk about environmental stuff a couple hours ago. Cool guy -- and cool band!
Whoohoo, just got my tickets to see Guster at KaBoom in SF May 12!
:dancingbanana: I love the range of vocals in this song...so lovely to my ears.
This keeps getting better and better. When he drops his voice down to just below his adams apple it resonates with the tom tom. This guy just might be some kind of natural vocal genius type dude. I'm checking into this. edit- I checked this out. This is a really fun and relaxing song to sing. The beginning is like a Korean buddhist chant and chills you out. Then you jump up somewhere I never learned how to explain into the falsetto part with minimal vibrato and diaphragm. When you get there you're so relaxed from the bass part it just flows. Simple absolutely brilliant vocal arrangement. It's surprising easy and cool to sing. But the singing it is the easy part. It's the coming up with it in the first place that counts.
I love the way he seeks and evokes Brian Wilson-type harmonies however he can; I admire that, and I love to hear any Guster song come on, because I think, wow, here comes a lyrical, rhythmical, totally creative treat. I love the way Bill plays us their entire repetoire, and it's getting delightfully symphonic.
I'm thinking he's singing that nasally on purpose to resonate with the accordian(or the equivalent).
cmrump wrote:
What happened to the rest? Only 93 seconds today!
Some would call it a "reprieve."
I agree with the comments below! This album is definitely one of the keepers from 2006. Highly recommended! :notworthy:
AlienRelic wrote:
Me too! GOT to get this.
I got it. It's good! :mrgreen:
What happened to the rest? Only 93 seconds today!
pedro wrote:
really like this album
Me too! GOT to get this.
really like this album
YellowKing wrote:
There hasn't been a lot of love for this song or "Satellite" going around, but I really like this one.
I have some love for it. I think Guster is one of the most creative newer bands I have heard recently.
And I don't think this is like Come Downstairs And Say Hello.
Wish it was. What a great song. This album is good, but I still like Keep it Together much better.
Great song and a fantastic album. I'm so glad Guster have moved beyond the acoustic guitars and bongos only stage.
Steve wrote:
As a huge Guster fan dating back to their early days, all I have to say is :yawn:
my younger brother was a big fan in the early days and i thought :yawn: then. they appear to have stepped farther into that realm....not bad or offensive, just :yawn:
There hasn't been a lot of love for this song or "Satellite" going around, but I really like this one.
Not a big fan of the new album overall, but this song isn't bad. 7. And I don't think this is like Come Downstairs And Say Hello.
Hmmm. This may as well have been titled... Come Down Stairs and Say Hello, Redux.
Not a whole lot going on here. But cool album cover.
After the recent songs.. I'm switching off. Guster - Lightning Rod The Orb - Little Fluffy Clouds Forest For The Trees - Dream B-Tribe - Angelic Voices :stop:
Cool vocals..... :sleep:
As a huge Guster fan dating back to their early days, all I have to say is :yawn: