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Dear 23

The Posies

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Album Review

Melodic, pensive, and pretty, this is a new generation of Big Star devotees.

Customer Reviews

This one never gets dusty...

If I were ever to be stuck on a deserted island and had to choose 10 albums, Dear 23 would be one of my first choices. There are certain albums that I just seem to always come back to and this is one of them. It never fails to reveal a new subtlety and nuance that makes the overall experience fresh each time I listen. What is especially amazing lyrically is that as I go through life experiencing different events, the words continue to ring true. Not many bands can inspire an angst filled teen and continue to be relevant to a 31 year old married guy! A must listen for everyone.

This is the greatest album by the most underrated band... ever.

With a distinct lean towards the powerful pop of The Hollies and Big Star with a heaping helping of bombastic guitars and breathtaking arrangements, The Posies "Dear 23" was more than I could ever have hoped it would be. The production done by John Leckie (Dukes Of Stratosphere, etc) certainly solidified the albums place amongst the greatest albums ever. The team of Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow continue on to this day as one of the most influential song writing duo's. Buy this, and all Posies records. You won't be disappointed.

The best album you've never heard

I'll never forget the day I discovered this album. I'm in the mall by the local music store, and I hear a great song. I remember walking nearer to the store to hear it better, while practically ignoring the girl I was with at the time. The next song was great too, so I walked in the store just to listen. By now I'm completely ignoring the girl. Repeat this process at least 5 more times before I went up to the desk and asked the girl working WHO was playing? She pointed to this album, and I went "The Posies? Never heard of them". 20 years later this album gets played more than any other year after year, and I never tire of it. Hypnotic melodies wrapped around really clever lyrics about tales of love lost ... all with incredible harmonies. This album will either remind you of what music used to be like, or introduce you to how it should be .... it completely destroys the garbage that's offered today.


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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