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Album Review

Though his name might be unfamiliar to all but the most dedicated indie rock geeks, Ken Stringfellow has been flirting with stardom for over a decade, first as one-half of the Posies, then as a member of Big Star, a sideman with R.E.M., and a producer for indie upstarts like Damien Jurado. With the Posies on temporary hiatus, Stringfellow went into the studio in the summer of 2000 with legendary producer Mitch Easter, and the result is an indie pop album with classic sound that falls somewhere between Matthew Sweet and Elliott Smith. The first thing you notice about Touch is that the devil lies in the details: Whether it's the pedal steel guitar that wails below the Eagles-style country-rock of "Down Like Me" or the retro organ that lends a Doors-like trippiness to "Spanish Waltz," Stringfellow makes all the little things count. Of course, the polished pop songcraft of songs like "This One's On You" and "Sparrow" proves that the singer/songwriter's sound would likely pack just as much punch even if he were rockin' it folkie style, with just an acoustic guitar and his elastic voice. But with Easter's nimble touch behind the boards, you'll be glad he didn't.

Customer Reviews

Ultimate Indie Pop

This is as good as an indie albums gets. I didn't think a solo cd from Ken could ever top anything The Posies had released up to the point of this release, but it ranks right up there with the sheer brilliance of Frosting On The Beater with a gorgeous sound that Ken can call his own. This album also conveys the same intimacy as his live performances, something extremely rare in the world of music today.

Underrated

Nobody talks about this one... I bought in on a whim back in 2001 and am still listening and loving it. Give it a shot if you love well written music with talented musicians.

Don't Over Think It

No offense to the I-Tunes staff or the others who posted a review but I think this is better than an indie-pop record. It is a good record period. I think this is one of the moments where the music can be put up against any other and judged on it's merits, not just its impact in a scene. Ken is really great. He is a solid musician, has a great ear for melody. This is quality music and everyone should listen, not just indie rock fans.

Biography

Born: October 30, 1968 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

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

Ken Stringfellow is co-founder of one of the most critically acclaimed power pop bands of the '90s, the Posies, which he formed in 1989 with Jon Auer. Based in Bellingham, Washington, the two created a demo tape in Auer's parents' basement and sent it to PopLlama Records in Seattle. The tape was well-received, and the duo ultimately released it as the Posies' first album, Failure. They signed with Geffen's DGC label and released three albums that were revered by music critics while going unnoticed...
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