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Album Review

The Posies sure have a funny idea about breaking up — though they supposedly called it quits in 1999, the band has been playing reunion shows and releasing albums of archival material on a fairly regular basis since, and 2005's Every Kind of Light is their first full-blown studio effort since 1998's alleged swan song, Success. With founders, songwriters, and general frontal lobes Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow joined by Matt Harris and Darius Minwalla, Every Kind of Light seems to pick up where Success left off, finding the band in a low-key frame of mind on most of the songs, though the rootsy accents of that album have been abandoned in favor of a stripped-down variation on the baroque pop of Dear 23. (And if you were hoping for some of the guitar firepower of Frosting on the Beater and Amazing Disgrace, there is a taste of that on "I Finally Found a Jungle I Like" and "All in a Day's Work," though the more measured tempos certainly dominate the album.) The new lineup of the band sounds as accomplished as ever, and the production (with Auer and Stringfellow credited as the Ineptunes) gives the material clean and well-arranged settings. Auer and Stringfellow's political concerns also rise to the surface here, explicitly on "Sweethearts of Rodeo Drive" and "It's Great to Be Here Again" and implicitly on "That Don't Fly" and "Could He Treat You Better," all of which deal with their mixed feelings about life in America in the wake of George W. Bush and the War in Iraq. But for all the care that obviously went into Every Kind of Light and the firm sense of purpose in its political subtext, the album in toto rings a bit hollow — it never hits as hard as it ought to, and there's simply too much dead air in the album's long mid-tempo stretches. It's nice to have the Posies back in the studio again, but Every Kind of Light isn't the triumphant return fans might have hoped for.

Customer Reviews

the great and powerful posies

considering how hit and miss they sometimes ,the posies have some real gems on this one . check out "'love comes" a great little brian wilson flavored pop song . the absolute brilliant break in second time around is proof that although they sometimes lack complete album appeal they know how to dish out the pop music . make your own greatest hits package by playing mix and match with their various albums . my top ten include "flavor of the month " somehow everything " "dream all day" "you avoid parties "" golden blunders " "fall apart with me " " my big mouth " "daily mutilation" " hatesong" " grant hart " if you crave hollies melodies and catchy hooks say hello to your new best friends THE POSIES .......

Keep it comin', guys

I'm late to the punch here with my take..... It boggles my mind that these guys were largely overlooked in the wake of the Seattle grunge scene of the late 80's/early 90's. It goes without saying that they knock the snot (in a good way) out of every harmony they peel off on this release. But listen to the songwriting, arrangements and guitar work on EKOL, and you (yes you, Mr. Emo-loving, tight girl pants-wearing, canned pop-rock, pseudo angst-ridden band lover) will throw out 99% of your (illegally downloaded) music and hop on the Posies train. Check out their older releases as well. God bless good music. That is all.

I guess you're right

Very powerful stuff!


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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