12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
15 Ratings
15 Ratings
rcschad ,

Posies - Something old and new

First an admission: I’m a huge Posies fan and my favorite album is “Frosting on the Beater.” This latest release, Blood/Candy, contains great elements from past works but also something new and different for old and new fans alike. You have the beautiful looping melodies that are Posies hallmarks (The Glitter Prize, So Caroline, and others), but also (like FOTB) dense songs that take a few listens before unveiling their pleasures. The structure of the album also demands patience. The middle part of the album is stacked with these less accessible songs, while the last 3 or 4 are more traditional sounding Posies tunes. I for one am glad to have this album that is rewarding me on my long commutes to work.

booduh ,

Harmonies!, Melodies!, reminiscent of Beatles and Tear for Fears

I've only downloaded Glitter Prize, So Caroline, For The Ashes and She's Coming Down Again but, I really love the vibe and harmonies. Songs you can listen to over and over again....which is no small feat. I'll likely complete the album based upon what I've heard thus far. Very mature song arrangements, beautiful and smooth. Happy vibe and sensuous chords. Why is this album not featured on iTunes home page? Better than any new stuff I've heard in awhile.

Evan7 ,

Time to go back to basics

Scattershot album: it can't hold a candle to the earlier albums. This year marks the 20th anniversary of "Dear 23". Maybe if they do some "Dear 23" shows, they'll get their mojo back. Even the lead single is pretty weak. Although, this album does have it's moments: even when its best songs would be the outtakes from the premillenium albums. Anyhow, this album is much better than alot of the dreck out there.

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