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Blood/Candy

PosiesAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B003XF10IK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,438 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Fresh off the Frosting On The Beater full-album shows and their work with Big Star, The Posies chart unforeseen territory on Blood/Candy while holding onto their well-known signature sound. The Huffington Post states, "depending on how you want to hear it, it's a brilliant return to form or a daring move forward." The almost entirely self-produced record boasts melodic hooks, provocative lyrics, and intricate layers of instrumentation that blend far-out, spacey sounds with sophisticated hues.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My beloved Posies have done it again! October 12, 2010
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In my opinion, they've never put out anything that was truly disappointing. Of course some albums are better than others and I'd put Blood/Candy in my top three. Not a mediocre song on the disc. Their voices sound better than ever and there are hooks galore. I can't stop listening and singing along. Now I just have to learn all the words so I can stop mumbling.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By MrSofty
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First off - the clips don't summarize well these songs, which go off in many different directions. Particularly notably in that is the only song clip I didn't like, Licenses to Hide, which song actually sounds nothing like the clip. Buy the whole album vs single cuts or you'll miss out on 90% of the art and miss what the Posies have done here (hey, you can always leave the cuts you don't like off your iPod).

Lots of variety here. Lots of complex art-pop and piano ballads here. I hear Beatles myrth, New Pornographers compositions, Beach Boys cheeriness, classic Posies earnestness and guitar rocker thrillers and anthems- lots to really like and enjoy here. Definitely an Album worth of music and styles- like any great work should have.

I'll admit that when Ken gets behind the piano it's not my favorite style. That said, these cuts are across the board fun. They go in unpredictable places and that makes me smile and my ears happy.

Lots of classicly great Posies style songs here too, enough to justify the purchase of the entire work so that you can have the freedom to sample the other cuts that perhaps are not what you expected or less immediately approachable.

Bottom Line - Great album. Wonderful to have another great Posies album in the world!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but wonderful October 1, 2010
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I've loved the Posies since I heard the first notes of "My Big Mouth" from their "Dear 23" album, and I've been a big fan of everything they've done together as a band since. This album does have a different sound/vibe from their others, and in part I think that it's because Jon's and Ken's songs have grown more distinguishable from one another than they used to be. That is, to my ears, this record sounds *a little bit* more like a combination of their recent solo efforts (particularly, Jon's "Year of Our Demise" and Ken's "Soft Commands") than it does like a fully integrated Posies album (not to the extent of "Private Sides", but you'll hear what I mean). This is also a generally more mellow record than their others. I must say, though, that when they put their voices together in earnest, they sound as wonderful as ever, and frankly I enjoy every song from start to finish. For me, some of the stand-out tracks are "Cleopatra Street", "For the Ashes", "She's Coming Down Again!", and "Holiday Hours." But, as with every Posies release, there's not a clunker here anywhere, and I think that this one will really reward multiple listens (and the more careful the listen, the better). If you're new to the Posies, I don't know that I'd necessarily recommend this one to you as an introduction (it's just too uncharacteristic of their full output), but if you're even a casual fan I believe that you will want to play it again and again.

It's great to have them back!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an ounce of flab on this fabulous album November 2, 2010
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This has come as a bit of a shock. I was disappointed with their previous album Every Kind Of Light. However, this album is excellent. I would stick my neck out and say that it is their best album. Stringfellow's voice for me has never sounded better. It's the strong choruses that do it for me. He excels himself on the excellent Licenses To Hide. His vocal on For The Ashes has to be heard to be believed. Take Care Of Yourself is fabulous. Jon Auer's contributions are good, especially on Cleopatra Street. He takes lots of risks on Accidental Architecture but it works. Overall my favourite album by a Posie remains Ken Stringfellow's Touched, but this is a very close second. Long may they produce work as fine as this
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind officially blown October 2, 2010
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I've been a Posies fan going back to 1988, when you could catch them playing the occasional house party near the University of Washington campus. In terms of bias, familiarity can make a sub-par record seem better, but by the same token, it's also fairly difficult to be surprised by someone you've known for nearly 23 years. So when I say the greatness of Blood/Candy shocked me, it's not just hubris void of perspective. It's in turns both a return to Frosting on the Beater rock and a wide expansion of their talents. Ken Stringfellow's song contributions especially seem to have The Posies reaching into areas you never thought they'd try. There's the theatrical "Licenses to Hide," the zany Pet Sounds-inspired "Enewetak" - name for the Marshall Islands in the North Pacific which were abused by the US for nuclear testing - and the soaring "For the Ashes." Meanwhile, Jon Auer had his own left-turns up his sleeve, unleashing the challenging "Accidental Architecture," which must have tilted a few heads when he introduced the song to the group in the studio. Sure, there are a couple songs here that fall into the classic Posies sound (and seem ready for radio), and those have always tended to be Auer's contributions, whose confidence in his McCartneyesque songwriting has made him Mr. Reliable (see "The Glitter Prize," "So Caroline" and "Notion #99"). But even the classic (and the almost nursery rhymish "Cleopatra Street") have so much going on that it begs, nay demands, repeat listens to get the full effect. To my ears Blood/Candy is the first album since Auer and Stringfellow's styles started more noticeably diverging (around 1996's Amazing Disgrace) where the potentially conflicting styles mesh in perfect harmony, with both artists reaching forward and out to each other, and it's a wondrous thing to behold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite albums
I can't say as I'm a fan of their older work, but this one and Every Kind of Light are amazing--especially this one, which seems to have transcended mere rock 'n' roll to some kind... Read more
Published 21 months ago by fathoming
5.0 out of 5 stars Posies Revisited and Revitalized
The Posies have created a truly excellent disc. Every song has been lovingly and carefully crafted with great melodies, tempo, interesting sounds, and great lyrics. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by Posies Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have them back
Any new Posies album is welcome in my collection. This one may not be quite as catchy as previous efforts, but it's not as noisy as some, either. Read more
Published on July 4, 2011 by Martin H. Franzen
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Keyboard-ee Fer Mee
Bands defined by guitars that introduce bright, maudlin keyboard sounds play near a precipice--travelers beware: below are the caves of rainbow popsicle ice. Read more
Published on April 24, 2011 by Johann Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars breezy hydrogen bomb power-pop
This is the best Posies album since Amazing Disgrace, and maybe the best since Frosting. Both Auer and Stringfellow saved their best songs for the joint effort this time, and they... Read more
Published on February 20, 2011 by J. Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars It's very Average
I respect everyone's opinion her so far....but I don't agree. This CD is average at best which follows up their previous below average EKOL. Read more
Published on February 1, 2011 by Richmond
4.0 out of 5 stars Juicy Bittersweet
Now reunited for the new century and feeling like they are back to basics, Power Pop Maestros The Posies reconnect with "Blood Candy. Read more
Published on January 27, 2011 by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars So Caroline, so Posies
"So Caroline" is an instant classic; an engaging, lively tune that proves great harmonic pop is still being made today. It alone is worth the price of this CD. Read more
Published on December 4, 2010 by Fredric A. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic!
I had the pleasure of seeing the band in New Orleans last night. The new cd "Blood/Candy" is awesome....it really might be their best ever. Start to finish, great songs. Read more
Published on November 24, 2010 by Michael A. Zikmund
3.0 out of 5 stars Posies slip into middle age!
Although this CD does grow on you, it lacks the passion and melodies of previous recordings. Once again the Jon Auer compostions are the stronger but they are still, mostly, pale... Read more
Published on October 26, 2010 by Marc Andelane
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