They're b-a-a-a-ck!!! Seven years after their last full length studio album "Success", the POSIES are back and better than ever with their 2005 release "Every Kind of Light". From the time that they crank up the space cruiser on "It's Great To Be Here Again!" to the outro-jam on "Sweethearts of Rodeo Drive", "Every Kind of Light" is the POSIES' most consistent and most varied album to date.
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. The album's title: "Every Kind of Light" is also drawn from this song's lyrics. This song has a kind of hypnotic, trance-like quality about it.
"Second Time Around" begins with keyboards that sound kind of like my image of a morning sun rising, on a clear and beautiful new day. Then as soon as it gets started good, it mutates into a loud, punky action-movie theme. Structurally, the song reminds me of some of the excellent Hard Rock/Pop singles that 38-SPECIAL used to do so well. Even though I used the word punky to describe the attitude of this song, this song also posesses some very orchestral almost faux classical instrumental passages. May sound odd, but it works out very well!
"Last Crawl" heartbeats into existence as a gentle, tropical sounding ballad with a cool, mellow vibe. You can almost see Jon Auer sitting on a lawn chair on the beach, having a few drinks, and playing this song accoustically. Very relaxed.
"Could He Treat You Better?" begins with sort of a clavinet sounding keyboard and a Blues bassline. The guitar work sounds like a wicked combination of B.B. King and Jimmy Page. Ken Stringfellow sings a lithe, soulful, high-range vocal that's almost equal parts Robert Plant and Smokey Robinson. Jon Auer's harmony vocal provides just the right amount of extra heat for the chorus/bridge?. This is the Bluesiest song that the POSIES have ever released, and they come through on it with flying colors. A very good job!
"Love Comes" begins with a cheerful Pop melody. It has a half spoken verse and a lively Pop chorus. It has a pretty keyboard solo that's sort of like a distant cousin to the keyboard solo in the BEATLES' "In My Life".
"I Finally Found A Jungle I Like!!!" chugs into life with BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE guitars and Keith Moon/Jody Stephens'-style drumming. It is a relentless, almost Rock-a-billy style Rocker. The outro give the impression that this space-age keyboard is running breathlessly through the jungle with bass, guitar, drums, and other jungle animals right on its' tail.
"That Don't Fly" is sort of reminiscent of Freddie Mercury's QUEEN ballads. The instrumental break has a quicker pace than the rest of the song. The lyrics seem to protest the war somewhat.
"Sweethearts of Rodeo Drive" lopes along gently, yet powerfully with a BEATLE-sque chorus, and an instrumental outro. The lyrics also seem to deal with social class, and the war, again.
Until "Every Kind of Light", I used to consider "Dear 23" to be the POSIES' best album, but now I give that honor to "Every Kind of Light".