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Formed in 1986 by guitarists/vocalists/songwriters Jonathan Auer and Ken Stringfellow, Seattle-based quartet THE POSIES return with Every Kind Of Light - the bands 1st studio album in over five years! The fans have been longing for the return of one of rock musics most-respected bands.
The Posies can't quite seem to make up their minds as to whether they should break up or not. After announcing a formal split in 1998, the Seattle duo stayed remarkably active, touring, releasing live discs, even a box set. Now it's official: Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow have made their first proper studio album together since intended swan song, Success, and with good reason. "There's so many chords that haven't been played yet," they sing in the self-reverential "All In A Day's Work." Indeed, the time apart has made the Posies come back fiercer, louder and heavier, casting off the gentle acoustic guitars for furious power-pop melodies and vocals so commanding they almost sound overwrought. But the band hasn't forgotten how to conjure pure AM-radio bliss, radiating some vintage dreaminess with "Anything and Everything" and honey-dipped "Love Comes." --Aidin Vaziri
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"Second Time Around" keeps the energy flowing with muted riffs and pulsing keyboard tones. The song is a sweet story of rediscovering love with the one you let get away. "Could He Treat You Better" has a jazzy-blues feel to it with its soulful vocals, down beat drumming, and melodic soloing. "I Finally Found a Jungle I Like" is a great mix of piercing keyboards and thick guitar riffs that combine with a vocal arrangement reminiscent of the Beatles.
This was my first introduction to The Posies, and I must say that I was disappointed...that I hadn't discovered them sooner! Every Kind of Light is a great blend of progressive elements and straight-up pop-rock melodies.
The song structures and tempos are as varied as any Posies record. "All In A Day's Work" and "Second Time Around" in particular are high-energy guitar blasts that recall Frosting on the Beater. "Anything and Everything," "Last Crawl," "Love Comes" and especially "Conversations" showcase the gorgeous vocals that are the Posies greatest talent.
The so-called political commentary here is really pretty subtle, not at all unwelcome or out of place. In "Could He Treat You Better?" Ken sings the blues for a woman being mistreated by her man. To the casual listener it might not be obvious that the woman is the USA and the abusive man is known by his middle initial W. Same goes for "That Don't Fly," which could be taken as leaving a lover behind, instead of a reluctant goodbye to the writer's homeland. The final track is the most obvious social comment - "Sweethearts of Rodeo Drive" slams consumer culture, takes digs at celebrity Humvee drivers, and asks "paper or plastic body bags?" just in case the listener doesn't "get" the connection between gas guzzlers and oil wars.
The Posies will never make Dear 23 again, as much as I'd like that. Restless creativity drives them in a number of new directions here - keyboards, horns, etc. I had to listen to this over and over the first week, something I haven't done with a new disc in a long time. It is still revealing its complexity. This is an excellent record - their best since Frosting. Don't miss it.
But perhaps the most pleasant surprise with this disc is that the Posies can write some remarkably strong material about something other than relationships. "Sweethearts of Rodeo Drive" finds them cleverly critiquing America and its infatuation with SUV's at the expense of our boys being sent to die in Iraq. I never would have thought I'd find myself humming along to such a tune, but alas, the Posies made me do it.
"Every Kind of Light" is the kind of come-back album I'd like to see more groups make. Que viva Stringfellow and Auer!
The opening song "It's Great To Be Here Again!" is a futuristic Disco groove with an almost BEACH BOYS' style instrumental breakdown in the middle, and a little bit of Rapping near the end. It's an infectuous party song.
The second song "Conversations" begins with a clear, sweet guitar that sounds like a distant cousin of BIG STAR's "Ballad of El Goodo", but builds to a Hard Rocking chorus that wouldn't be out of place on the POSIES' "Frosting on the Beater" and "Amazing Disgrace" albums. The verse and the chorus are glued together by a very striking falsetto vocal, no wonder this one is their first single. It is an excellent track!
"All In A Day's Work" opens with two driving, powerfull verses before finally moving on to the sweetness of the chorus. It exits the scene of the crime again with a powerful outro.
"I Guess You're Right" opens with a driving bassline and an air-raid lead guitar. The lyrics sound like a "You don't know me like you think you do!" kiss off to someone who has criticized the song's character in the past, with maybe some small measure of sympathy for the miserable so and so, too. The instrumental break sounds almost like an army legion marching to the rescue.
"Anything and Everything"'s verses are built on a space-age Jimmy Page/Zeppelin-worthy riff. It builds to a majestic, dreamy chorus.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cool group needed something different to lisent to this was itPublished on August 3, 2014 by jeannette montgomery
Still not very good. I rarely listen to any of the songs here. I think any Posies fan who really likes this album just couldn't wait for anything new from the Posies.... Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by Richmond
The years went by and we wondered aloud whether or not we would ever hear another Posies cd. After a couple solo cds under their belt and a lackluster farewell cd(Success)before... Read morePublished on August 14, 2006 by James Upham
I'm a huge POSIES fan and was always hoping they'd get back together. EVERY KIND OF LIGHT is a "good-enough" return for me, but I would not say that it is GREAT by any means. Read morePublished on May 6, 2006 by Misfit Kid
Our long national nightmare is over. The Posies have returned. Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow have reunited, with a new rhythm section, and "Every Kind of Light" is the first new... Read morePublished on March 23, 2006 by woburnmusicfan
Having just seen the guys play an acoustic set showcasing some of the songs from this album, I'm so relieved to see a new release from them. Read morePublished on October 8, 2005 by J. P. Leenaarts
I have been a Posies fan since the very first album, all through the retirement, and the great EPs and live Showbox album. Read morePublished on October 3, 2005 by john Bruimmet
Yup, they're back and it was well worth the wait. Any of you who have been keeping up with Ken and Jon's releases in the past few years since the Posies broke up know that they... Read morePublished on September 16, 2005 by M. Trippi