Dear 23 [VINYL]
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180 grams audiophile vinyl / Including insert
About the Artist
The Posies were a guitar pop powerhouse in the 90's, whose careers were launched worldwide by Dear 23, their first high-budget album on major label Geffen in 1990. Hailing from the Seattle area, The Posies showcase melodic power pop with just a hint of grunge. Songwriters Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow wrote sophisticated, upbeat and sometimes melancholic songs, making 'Dear 23' a milestone in 90's alternative indie rock. The upbeat track 'Golden Blunders' stands out as the album's flagship song, its music video having received major airplay at the time. Even Ringo Starr covered the song at one point in his career. 'Dear 23' is a true gem of the alternative pop genre, now presented by Music On Vinyl on a 180 gram slab of vinyl including a special insert with lyrics.
Top customer reviews
This album has it all: sing along power pop in the tradition of Cheap Trick, Badfinger etc (My Big Mouth, Golden Blunders), to aching ballads like Apology which I think would probably be the perfect 'sorry' song to play to your girlfriend, and lastly but by no means least Flood of Sunshine which features some beautiful guitar work from John Auer who is a genius!!
The tragedy is that the kind of people that will be reading this review probably already have this amazing album and that really sucks as its light-years ahead of other much better known 60s wannabes like Oasis and even REM!! Please, please, please if you don't own this album, give it a listen atleast and at the price you can get it for on amazon you cant go wrong...
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Maybe their best, but there are decades to cover there.
At least it's very, very good. Graded only against themselves.
Such a great band.
If there was ever a guarantee with your money back, this is the album to own.
An underrated and criminally overlooked band.
This is wonderful and timeless pop music. Sure, they wear their influences on their sleeves. So what? With songwriting this strong I don't see how anyone could complain. The vocal harmonies are top notch, blending so seemlessly into one voice. Jon Auer's lead guitar work is sublime, and in the case of songs like "Flood Of Sunshine," a profoundly spiritual experience. The depth of metaphor that fills songs like "You Avoid Parties" and "Everyone Moves Away" is beautiful on so many levels. And who can't relate to songs like "Help Yourself," "Apology," and "Any Other Way"?
A lot of people say that this album is over-produced, but I just don't hear that. Sure, the production is thick and there's plenty of reverb, but I've always believed that big songs deserve a big production. These songs perfectly walk the line between orchestrated pop and explosive arena rock, and the detailed and intricate production suits them perfectly in my opinion. Later albums seem rather under-produced in comparison, subscribing to the grunge school of rock that shunned big budget recordings.
There really isn't anything about this album that I don't like. From start to finish it transports you to another place in a way that no other album I own has been able to do. I don't listen to it as much as I once did, but every time I crack it out I find myself blown away all over again. Every chill that pulses down my spine makes me think that this is the most perfect power pop album ever recorded.
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