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  • Vinyl (17 Sept. 1993)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Pop Llama
  • ASIN: B00008FLI4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

1. Blind Eyes Open
2. Longest Line
3. Under Easy
4. Like Me Too
5. I May Hate You Sometimes
6. Ironing Tuesdays
7. Paint Me
8. Believe in Something Other (Than Yourself)
9. Compliment?
10. At Least for Now
11. Uncombined
12. What Little Remains

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iki Thomozi on 24 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
The first posies album, released on the indy label Pop Llama (also the imprint which would later issue the response album Success) is a collection of unique ballads and power-pop songs. Less rock influenced than its successors, it makes an interesting companion to Kenneth Stringfellow's more recent solo work.

If you remember these guys mostly for Frosting on the Beater, you might find it too lush and upbeat, but if you have come to love the genius of John and Ken you really must get this ASAP. All the parts were played by Strinfellow and Auer on this one and so their is not so much of a heavy full-band sound as on subsequent outings, rather the song writing takes centre stage especially on the beautiful 'compliment' and 'like me too'.

The Posies have always managed to squeeze the most unwieldy of words into a line and they are exceptionally good at word play and inventive metaphor - but don't let that distract you from the simple joyfulness of these songs. Also worth buying for the awful photos of J & K dressed up like the punks from Police Academy 2 trying to look bad-ass, which is good for a giggle!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My favorite band. 23 Jun. 2005
By Dennis W. Alvey - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This record was recorded as a demo. Its ironic that its out on CD since it was basically a tape passed around at thier shows. And its still awesome. Even in thier late teens (!?), they constructed some of the best lyrics and power pop melodies ever. Ken Stringfellow might have looked like a girl (with dangling earrings to boot)but these boys kicked ass, live. this is actually the re-issue of the 15th anniversary edition, not just an import. It has a bunch of extra stuff for diehard fans (and thats pretty much the only kind of fans this band has) to enjoy. Like many releases from the band, i found out about it much later... They deserved so much more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
What all indie pop should be 23 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This was my introduction to music in Seattle. It changed my views on music forever. This album harkens back to early pop influences like the Hollies, The Beatles, and Cheap Trick. All of the music was written and played by Jon and Ken and it gives it this simple yet beautiful feel. Not all songs on it are perfect, but it seems to hit right on as a whole album. Don't expect the semi-rocking pop of their latter albums, this is the kind of album all indie rockers wish they could make. Too bad they had to dream of being Seattle Rockers instead of Popsters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When the music was good 7 Feb. 2000
By Steven J. Laukkanen - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The first time I saw the Posies was at a Northern Lights record store in downtown Minneapolis. They had just released their album Dear 23. They signed our cds and took out their guitars and played a wonderful acoustic show that I'll never forget. I knew some but not all of their songs back then. The ones I didn't know were from Failure. I looked and finally bought it. It was by far my favorite of the group. I don't like most of their recent stuff, but Failure and Dear 23 will always be my favorites.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This CD has never faded for me 29 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album when I was a high school freshman (1988). Some friends of mine knew the band; I had never heard of the Posies before. We listened a scratchy tape recording in my friend's beat-up Honda on our way to lunch break from school. On our way to the McDonald's I heard the lyrics to "Longest Line" (track 2) and almost wet my pants. It was as if those lyrics were written just for me! I quickly had my friend make a copy of the already scratchy tape and I still have that crusty old thing. Why am I telling you all this? Because this album meant a lot to me at that time of my life (a hard time for most every one). Here it is 11 years later and the songs still mean as much to me. Of course I have a CD version...the tape is un-playable after years of use and being taken on various trips around Europe and the U.S. What I think is important to note for the prospective purchaser is that you may *think* you know the Posies, but if you haven't heard _Failure_ or even _Dear 23_, then you don't know squat. I think this band's last album should've been _23_ cuz the rest just pale in comparison. The band won't play songs from this album at shows any more...which sucks. It's probably because of the changes in the band's members...we won't go into politics. Bottom line...if you want a CD that will stay strong over a lifetime, then you want this CD.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A true favorite 7 Mar. 2001
By "eurotrashgirl" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I listened to this album almost every day for at least a year of my high school life (late '80's/early '90's). I have countless memories of my friends and I driving around with this album on, on Continuous Play. It didn't hurt that we got to see these guys live at places like the then-all-ages venue, the OK Hotel, or the Ballroom at the University of Washington, also in Seattle. No, I love this album because of the music. The lyrics, mainly, the almost perfect whini-ness of the voices, especially Stringfellow's, but Auer's as well. This is always going to be a postcard book of my youth -- it was the perfect soundtrack for growing up smart and sane in Seattle. The lyrics will amaze you. I remember them being touted for their lyrics in a weekly Seattle newspaper. The author of that article was just in awe at what the young duo had put together, and for good reason! Note that this album was recorded in a garage with only a couple of 'layers,' so the sound/tone of the album is somewhat simple and bare. However, as a snapshot in time, the album works very, very well. For it to be slightly "out of focus" captures the moment beautifully, reflecting the band itself at that time, as well as the musical era into which the then-new band was born. Highly recommended.
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