Wednesday, January 25, 2012

You Were Robbed – The Posies

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The Posies – “Dear 23”

The dynamic duo behind the The Posies is Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, who first started writing together in the mid-1980s. Their 1990 record, “Dear 23” is an undisputed masterpiece of acoustic-based, hook and harmony driven pop rock. The record gained some momentum and became an instant favorite of many in college radio, but for some reason The Posies failed to become a household name.

What I find so captivating about “Dear 23” is the shimmering sound of those beautiful upbeat acoustic guitars, lifting the expertly crafted melodies to lofty heights. Auer and Stringfellow simply sound magical together, and to top it all off they wrote songs that had deep meaning. I can’t imagine anyone taking a listen to “Golden Blunders”, “Suddenly Mary”, or “Help Yourself” and not being impressed.

If not, try the more contemplative ballads like the brilliant “Apology”, “You Avoid Parties”, or heartbreaking “Everyone Moves Away”.

The Posies released a couple very good follow up records during the 90s, with each release gravitating more towards a harder, darker edge at the expense of that bright acoustic sound that won over their initial fanbase. Auer and Stringfellow have released numerous solo projects, but none that could ever capture the chemistry of their work as a team. In 2010, The Posies reunited to release their seventh album, “Blood/Candy” (reviewed here), which was hailed by many as a welcome return to form.

As we often see with these tragically ignored releases, they are available for pennies. So you have no excuse for not getting yourself into The Posies now!

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