ALBUM REVIEW: THE POSIES – SOLID STATES

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Background
It’s been six long years since The Posies’ released the warmly received Blood/Candy and much has changed since then. Most significantly, the deaths of two longtime band members, drummer Darius Minwalla and bassist Joe Skyward, which occurred in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The creative core of The Posies – Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow – reaffirm their commitment to good music-making and to each other with Solid States, the band’s eighth album.

Strengths
While retaining their melodic and harmonic guitar-centric pop-rock focus, Auer and Stringfellow have taken the opportunity to reinvent the Posies sound somewhat. There are special moments where diverse styles are incorporated – from R&B to baroque pop, from electro to indie pop – into pop-rock sophistication that exploits the duo’s long term experience and credentials.

Highlights
“Unlikely Places”, “Squirrel vs Snake”, “March Climes”, “The Plague”.

Sounds Like
Fountains of Wayne, Elvis Costello, Death Cab for Cutie.

Bottom Line
From out of the ashes of a chastening fire, the Posies have wrought an idiosyncratic work that while still bears the hallmark of their signature sound, contains more than a couple of sonic surprises. All pleasant it must be said.

Information
Official Website: http://theposies.net/

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