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Blood/Candy (Deluxe Version)

The Posies

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Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow have often put the Posies on hold while performing with Alex Chilton as Big Star. But with Chilton’s unexpected death in early 2010, the Posies are potentially back as a full-time gig. Tunes such as “The Glitter Prize,” featuring Kay Hanley,” “Take Care of Yourself” and “She’s Coming Down Again!” jangle with an unaffected ‘60s-pop joy that was close to Chilton’s own heart. On their own, Auer and Stringfellow also enjoy veering into psychedelic landscapes like the trippy drips of “For the Ashes” and “Accidental Architecture,” where the pure tenor voices sound so innocent in comparison with the harder edge of the times. “Licenses to Hide,” with Lisa Lobsinger, throws in heavier guitars. “Notion 99” and “Holiday Hours” keep things simple with a pop sound that owes more than just a little to the Beatles. While the circumstances are sad, the Posies have made the most of the things, bringing new works into the world that reflect on the values of the music they openly cherish. The deluxe version of the album includes several demo recordings that are necessary for hardcore fans and worthwhile to casual listeners as well. They show the band at their loosest.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic delivery!

The challenge in writing a review for an album of this calibre is where to even begin! Precisely how to put into simple, digestible words what this album delivers in it's complex, dense and beautiful sound is a welcomed. The album is challenging and detailed enough to keep me intellectually focused, presses unique and complex emotional buttons throughout that keep me thinking, and is paced in a such a perfect way that I find myself constantly anticipating the new sonic treasures which seem to be just around every corner.

I dig Ken's experimental (and hugely successful) arrangements and instrumentation. Jon delivers the classic Posies goods, as always. Dispense with the preconceived notion of needing to compare it to their extensive back catalogue (though understandable, impressive as it is); this album absolutely stands on it's own. 10/10.

It's no "Dear 23"

A mixed bag, to say the least; but it has a few gems ("So Caroline", "Holiday Hours", and "Enewetak"). Like with their 2005 album, the chemistry between Jon and Ken really isn't there- the songs don't quite gel. Perhaps if they didn't take five years between albums, and spent more time writing songs together, we'd have a more consistent record. I hope this album brings them fame and fortune. And maybe, one day, they'll get around to another masterpiece like "Dear 23" or "Frosting on the Beater". Hell, even another "Failure"/"Amazing Disgrace"/"Success" will do...

Acres of tunes!

If you're ready to ditch any expectation that this will sound like your favorite Posies album from 15-20 years ago, you're in for a treat. While a couple of Jon Auer numbers, "The Glitter Prize" and "So Caroline" triumphantly deliver that Classic Posies sound you've been longing for early in the album, and on most records they'd be standout tracks, but they are two of the least rewarding listens on the album. This is an album of big, huge hooks and beautiful melodies - the best in the Posies' catalogue to date, and sometimes they end up in a song with bold instrumentation, strange, shifting time signatures, and unexpected harmonies. Ken's "Licenses To Hide" and John's "Accidental Architecture" are both big, detailed, concise epics filled with greatness, and "Enewetak" has a gorgeous melody. And they've topped themselves yet again with those enigmatic lyrics they're famous for. There are too many good songs in these 42 minutes to mention. Despite stiff competition from a back catalogue filled with classics, this one tops them all. The Posies try something new. Many somethings new, in fact. And, being the Posies, they pull it off.

Biography

Formed: 1986 in Bellingham, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Posies were one of the most popular power pop bands of the '90s; along with other revivalists like Matthew Sweet and Teenage Fanclub, they helped update the classic power pop sound for the alternative age, marrying bright, British Invasion-style melodies and harmonies to loud, grungy guitars and quirky lyrics. The Posies were centered around the partnership of guitarists/vocalists/songwriters Jonathan Auer and Ken Stringfellow, who began recording songs together in Auer's Bellingham, WA, home...
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