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The Posies: Blood/Candy

Album Review

West Coast power-poppers return in style.

For fans of The Posies’ major label debut Dear 23 and 1993 follow-up Frosting On The Beater, recent years have been frustrating, their re-emergence with 2005’s Every Kind Of Light a precursor to, well... not a lot.

Five years on, Blood/Candy proves more than worth the wait. The Glitter Prize and So Caroline are vintage Posies; a riot of sugar-rush harmonies and shimmering power chords, while a brooding Plastic Paperbacks (complete with a growling Hugh Cornwell) and the Jellyfish-esque baroque pop of Licenses To Hide (featuring Broken Social Scene’s Lisa Lobsinger) are ambitious attempts to break free from the mould. 

It’s a beautiful ride,” sighs Ken Stringfellow on Notion 99 amidst chugging guitars, celestial hooks and the whoosh of cymbals. Who are we to argue?

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