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Album Review

On his first full-length solo release, Posies frontman Jon Auer delivers more of the melodic, heartfelt pop that longtime fans have come to expect. Harking back to the pristine and deliberate Baroque pop of the Posies' Dear 23 with a bit of Frosting on the Beater's epic rock thrown in for good measure, Songs from the Year of Our Demise is a deeply thoughtful and obviously personal album. Tracks such as "Bottom of the Bottle," "The Likes of You," "My Sweet Unknown," and "You Used to Drive Me Around" find Auer ruminating over such dark topics as alcoholism, strained parent/child relationships, and failed romances. The sparkling fretwork of Auer — an oft underrated guitarist — is on display throughout and he's even expanded his aural palette to include a pleasant blend of organ and Mellotron. Having been involved with both the re-formed Big Star and the reunited Posies projects (In Space and Every Kind of Light, respectively), both of which fell somewhat short of each band's past work, it's nice to hear Auer in top form here.

Customer Reviews

The best and saddest album

I picked up this album after seeing Jon at a show in Albany, NY. I love it. It's got a little bit of the Posies sound mixed in with Jon's own solid guitar work and melancholy and emotionally revealing lyrics. "Bottom of the Bottle" may be about a self-destructive friend of his, but it hit me close to home as well as it reminded me of a long-lost friend. It's one of my favorite albums, sad or otherwise, in my collection.

absolutely inspirational!

Jon Auer actually taught me some things about song writing and now everytime I hear Six Feet Under I must grab my pen because I get these new ideas. He's perfect when your feeling down or happy. Buy it and you won't regret it! :)

Love it!

I picked this up the other day and love it from start to finish. Song writing like this is exactly what made me fall in love with the Posies music in 1989. I've always liked Jon's musical talents and my only regret is that I did not discover this when it came out.


Born: September 29, 1969

Genre: Rock

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

Jon Auer is co-founder of one of the most critically acclaimed power pop bands of the '90s, the Posies. Auer formed the band in Bellingham, Washington with Ken Stringfellow, creating a demo tape in Auer's parents' basement and sending it to PopLlama Records in Seattle. The tape was well-received and they released it as their first album, Failure. The band then signed with David Geffen's DGC label, and released three albums that were revered by music critics but went unnoticed by the general public....
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