Release Date: Jun 28, 2005
Record label: Rykodisc
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
The Posies sure have a funny idea about breaking up -- though they supposedly called it quits in 1999, the band has been playing reunion shows and releasing albums of archival material on a fairly regular basis since, and 2005's Every Kind of Light is their first full-blown studio effort since 1998's alleged swan song, Success. With founders, songwriters, and general frontal lobes Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow joined by Matt Harris and Darius Minwalla, Every Kind of Light seems to pick up where Success left off, finding the band in a low-key frame of mind on most of the songs, though the rootsy accents of that album have been abandoned in favor of a stripped-down variation on the baroque pop of Dear 23. (And if you were hoping for some of the guitar firepower of Frosting on the Beater and Amazing Disgrace, there is a taste of that on "I Finally Found a Jungle I Like" and "All in a Day's Work," though the more measured tempos certainly dominate the album.
The machinations of the David Geffen complex never did much for the Posies, the melancholy Hollies of Seattle. Yeah, “Golden Blunders” (off the slick, melodic Dear 23) got butchered by Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band. And yeah, “Will You Ever Ease Your Mind?” (off the dour, prickly Amazing Disgrace) scored the ending credits for one episode of Daria.