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Phantom Planet: Alex Greenwald, Jacques Brautbar (vocals, guitar); Sam Farrar (vocals, bass); Darren Robinson (guitar); Jason Schwartzman (drums).
Bright-eyed and bold with a vibe that feels like they've been suckling at the collective power-pop teat of Todd Rundgren and the Raspberries, Phantom Planet belies the fact that within their ranks reside a pair of actors (Jason Schwartzman of RUSHMORE fame and DONNIE DARKO's Alex Greenwald). For its sophomore bow, the Left Coast quintet teams with producers Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake to deliver delectable pieces of ear candy like the anthemic "California," jangly New Wave nugget "Hey Now Girl," and soaring, hook-laden "Lonely Day."
When the lads venture outside the land of delectable harmonies and sweetly innocent themes, they come up with mixed results. The low-key ruminations of "Turn Smile Shift Repeat" finds Greenwald successfully walking down the same dour path as Thom Yorke, but the dissonant clanging of "Wishing Well" might have been better left out. Early pressings include a bonus disc of in-concert versions of "California" and "Do The Panic" (featuring Pete Yorn).
Entertainment Weekly (3/1/02, p.80) - "...Sunny, three-part hormonies and songs that sound familiar in the best way..." - Rating: A-
Q (6/02, pp.120-1) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...There's much to like about THE GUEST...an alternative act concerned more with melody than with melodrama...their pure pop rock is both uncomplicated and uninhibited..."