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Tuesday, August 02 2011 00:00

GUSTER - ON THE OCEAN (EP Review)

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gusterepKeeping their established fanbase engaged with a collection of songs left-over from the sessions that became 2010's EASY WONDERFUL, Boston's GUSTER have issued the ON THE OCEAN EP.

Leading the collection of six with a title track that already appears on the previously-mentioned album, the remaining five are a mixed-bag of tracks that play as an uneven collection instead of a coherent EP, making it clear of what this really is - a Maxi-Single.

The live versions of Satellite and That's No Way to Get to Heaven feel out-of place and jammed-in, while the closing remix of This is How it Feels to Have a Broken Heart just isn't very good. ON THE OCEAN might be a fine item for the diehards to snag while checking out a live show, but there's just nothing here for new listeners to embrace.

Rating: 2.5/5

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James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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