Songs From the Year of Our Demise
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Like Lucinda Williams did with "Car Wheels," Auer spent years polishing this one to perfection, while impatient fans began to doubt it would ever be finished. Fortunately the result is not over-tweaked.
This disc equals the Posies two five-star albums (Dear 23 and Frosting) in terms of sheer quality, but the solo album is different, serving up a variety of tempos and arrangements that add up to a masterpiece of pop songcraft.
Auer's talents as singer, songwriter and producer are showcased here. If anything seems missing, it is his fiery guitar licks, which normally provide the power in the Posies pop.
The acoustic material works very well, and some of the sparest arrangements, "Wicked World" and "Song Noir," are among the best. Auer's new wife (Michelle Price of the Dear John Letters) shares songwriting credits on "Song Noir."
The song "Adios" starts with muffled piano chords that conjure up the atmosphere of a long-lost John Lennon track. "Funeral Song" sure sounds like it's about a death in the family, but in the end it seems to be another expression of grief at the Demise of a domestic partnership. It doesn't really matter - heartbreak and death always inspire great art.
The first 45 seconds of the stunning opener, "Six Feet Under," convinced me this album was worth the wait. At the line "love is blind to those who see" Auer's voice not only reaches effortless highs, but still has that certain indescribable richness in tone that prompted critics to compare the early Posies to the Hollies.Read more ›
All the songs are great, especially 'Six Feet Under' and the solo accoustic tracks, 'Cemetery Song' and 'Wicked World'(which have the magic of Jon's songs on Dear 23). But for me, 'Josephine' was worth the price of the CD. Everything I love about Jon's music is captured in this one song: a catchy tune with a liberal painting of droning and layered guitars and the pure signature voice and the usual harmonies. Buy this CD!
This is not a rockin' album with Pop anthems like many a Posies record of the past. This is a collection of heartfelt songs that are sung with real emotion and crafted with tremendous skill. For that I salute this album and Jon for being bold enough to really put himself out there. How many of us are really that brave?
The songs: There are a number of tracks on this album that catch me by surprise and make me think. Cemetary Song, Six Feet Under, Bottom of the Bottle, and My Sweet Unknown really blow me away and I've really grown to love these songs as much as any Posies or Jon Auer work from the past.
Form your own opinion, but that is my two cents.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I discovered this album a couple of months ago and can't stop listening to it. It is truly a personal masterpiece. Read morePublished on December 10, 2008 by chazas
I have always believed Jon Auer to be the more talented of the Posie's duo, and with this release he has certainly confirmed his greater ability. Read morePublished on January 12, 2007 by Marc Andelane
This is great when you are looking for some nice music to listen to. Jon Auer has a great voice. I first heard him on an Elvis Costello cover compilation CD where he does "Beyond... Read morePublished on July 10, 2006 by D. R. Davis
I've been a Posies fan since "Dear 23". That album remains not only my favorite by the band but one of my all-time favorites. I can't believe I'm saying this but "... Read morePublished on June 20, 2006 by Aylie's Mom
Over the course of time, I've followed Jon's career somewhat extensively, with the Posies, and also as a solo artist. Read morePublished on May 26, 2006 by Brett Zinn