A YEAR IN MUSIC: THE POSIES – Dear 23 (1990)

Review by: Roland Bruynesteyn

This is a marvellous album. Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer, the main players and composers would later ‘join’ a regrouping of Big Star, and you can clearly hear why they were asked to join, and why they accepted with pleasure. The Posies really are Big Star for the 90’s, with a touch of Byrds and a (big) whiff of Beatles influence. Most songs sound like you knew them already, or at least, that they already existed for the music is more ‘of a certain time’ than timeless.
Although the first sound you hear is an electric guitar, the album has a very ‘acoustic’ feeling: every song includes acoustic guitar. I DO think that the sound is a little thin; whether it’s the engineer or the producer I don’t know, but on a good system you hear that there is a little more potential.
The last song, Flood of Sunshine, is great as it is, but would have become an all-time classic epic if it had a speeded up section (like 21st Century Schizoid Man or Free as a Bird (or even more of a build-up (like Buckingham Green, or For Crying Out Loud). All in all, I think this album is severely underrated and deserves a listen by any pop music lover.

Author: tomymostalas


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