Four years have passed since rootsy pop band Guster released its last album.

Four years have passed since rootsy pop band Guster released its last album. But "Keep It Together" picks up where "Lost and Gone Forever" left off, delivering cozy melodies often punctuated with a bongo beat. Normally, big work gaps are deadly for under-the-radar bands like Guster. Yet the break will likely work in its favor. "Keep It Together," laid down by Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner and Brian Rosenworcel, enters a world increasingly embracing sensitive guy rock. Like John Mayer, Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz, Guster makes it OK for boyfriends to enjoy their girlfriends' music. There's dreamy instrumentation, along with bitter, testosterone-charged lyrics, on "Homecoming King." With not a lot of mystery, however, the slew of simple hooks does threaten to wear thin. Overall, though, the album should have wide appeal for both sexes.—SA