SINGLES: Golden Blunders (#17 Modern), Suddenly Mary
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Apology
LINEUP: John Auer, Ken Stringfellow, Rick Roberts, Mike Musburger
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Moving from acoustic to electric, the Posies major label debut established their power pop credentials.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Adding bassist Rick Roberts and drummer Mike Musburger, the Posies moved toward a power-pop sounds in a mixed bag of an album.
There’s some highly produced songs (“Apology”), some songs that show their love of the psychedelic era (“Flood of Sunshine”), and a few cuts that seem leftover from their acoustic days (“My Big Mouth”). When this album is on point, it’s great. There’s hooks, and harmonies, and definite channeling of Badfinger here (listen to the guitar under the verses in “Apology”).
However, it doesn’t hang together as an album in my ears – it’s a collection of songs, yes, and some are fantastic, but it caught them in transition. They’d evolve fully soon enough.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Ringo covered “Golden Blunders” on an album
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B+-: I didn’t like the flow of the album, the songs were great but it seemed put together in a haphazard way.
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I May Hate You Sometimes, Believe in Something Other (Than Yourself)
LINEUP: Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow, Rick Roberts, Mike Musberger
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Debut album for the Auer / Stringfellow songwriting and harmonizing team finds them in a more acoustic vein than their later material but do show some of the power pop goodness they would specialize in.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: If you dove into the Posies’ first album after listening to their later ones, you may be surprised that the majority of the songs are more acoustic than electric. Even the more electric songs have a big acoustic guitar component. The harmonies are there, and a few of the songs are stellar.
I’m not surprised since Auer and Stringfellow cut their teeth as an acoustic duo and these early songs feature those that were in their early repertoire.
They’d evolve, and really get electrified, ornate but still keep the pop spirit in their works. While it’s not the first record I’d get for the Posies, it’s not bad – just different.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Auer and Stringfellow met at a Dan Reed Network show.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Demos that they put out to get shows and bandmates.