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Phantom Planet
The Guest (Epic)

By: Cam Lindsay

Their debut album featured the guy that played the nerd in Rushmore, but now Phantom Planet features Jason Schwartzmann, an established drummer on the skins. On their sophomore record, The Guest, Phantom Planet has easily turned into a great summertime, pop band to be reckoned with. It's hard to get past the opener, "California", mainly because it is so unbelievably catchy. The repeat knob on your stereo is bound to fall off. But wait, same goes with "Always On My Mind", "Lonely Day", "One Ray of Sunlight", etc (until the record finishes basically). It's funny that singer, Alexander Greenwald, has also been bitten by the acting bug (he played the asshole in Donnie Darko), considering he has the perfect pop voice (somewhere in between Rivers Cuomo and Joel Plaskett). Yeah, it's probably the first great sunshine record from a California band since Brian Wilson went bonkers, but there is something wrong here. Since when can actors actually write and play decent, or in this case, great music? If world is coming to an end, this is the record to try and enjoy your last remaining minutes to. Grade: A-
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