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

Boiled Peanut ,

Their Best Album Yet. Seriously.

How many artists can you name that release their best work twenty years into their careers?

A couple of the songs on this record hark back to the tuneful, aggressive power pop of their 90's releases, but the most impressive songs stake out new territory. Gentle indie rock, sunny California pop, orchestral XTC-ish psych pop, dark songs, funny songs, and not a weak track on it. This record is so wonderful, it compelled me to go back and buy Jon and Ken's criminally obscure solo records, and I'm so glad I did.

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.

HazyinAZ ,

I miss the 90's

Well, Frosting on the Beater it's not but then this is not 1993 I guess. I was anticipating this release but pretty disapointing. The Posies never received the recognition they deserved then and this album will not help the cause.

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