Stand Out Albums has been a showcase for my favorite albums across the vast performers that I love. Covering a little bit of everything from classic rock to country hits, much like Key Movies of My Life, it has been the albums that shaped me. This year, I am taking a slightly different approach by discussing the discographies of my favorite musicians, album by album, in release order.
Today we talk about the resurrection of The Posies with their 2005 album, Every Kind of Light.
Why This Album?
After the ‘Final’ album Success, I have to admit, I was pretty bummed. Hoping I was wrong but knowing it wasn’t likely, I dove into Ken and Jon’s solo work and looked for anything and everything they were on and began to really appreciate their individual talents as much as I did with them as The Posies. Then one day I stumbled across a live album and a live acoustic Album entitled Alive Before the Iceberg and In Case you Didn’t Feel Like Plugging In respectively, which gave me hope that, maybe The Posies were not a thing of the past after all. Then, the surprising EP, Nice Cheekbones & a PHD dropped and I knew it wouldn’t be much longer.
Well, it turned out to be a bit longer than I had hoped but, after a wonderful Big Star album Jon and Ken worked on, the Album Every Kind Of Light dropped in June of 2005. I was more than elated, I was thrilled. The band that got me through some really tough times, that I had discovered through other music and that had helped shape my musical taste were back and they were everything I could hope for. The years had certainly been kind to these guys and it even showed in their music.
The Album itself has a different feel for sure but that is to be expected from a band that was almost 20 years old at the time and had been apart for almost half that time. With tracks like ‘It’s great to be here again’ opening the album with a fun recognition of their absence, to Anything and Everything feeling like a lost track from Success and on to the rather poignant and politically charged Sweethearts of Rodeo Drive, this album provided a wide range of styles and songs that are fairly solid through and through. While there is a lot to like here, There is a strange disjointed feeling throughout the album that, while each individual track is great, they don’t quite meld together like their other albums do. It feels as though this is a compilations of castoffs and B-sides that, while tremendous individually, don’t seem to play well with others. Don’t get me wrong, there are some tremendous tracks on here but Every Kind of Light doesn’t quite reach the bar that has been set by, well, everything else up to this point.
That being said, when this album came out, it was everything I could hope for after having all but written off the off chance that there would ever be new music from this band. Even listening to it again for this review, I found myself back to where I was sixteen years ago elated that Jon and Ken had joined forces once again.
Sweethearts of Rodeo Drive. This track is incredible and also happens to be the first track I heard from this album as it was released as a taste of what was to come. It’s a deep one that resonates even moreso now than it did when it was first released.
Love Comes feels like a Big Star track that might have been a b-side from their time with that band. It’s poppy and fun which makes it a blast.
Second Time Around is the Posies channeling their past selves. It’s a great callback to what once was but with great modern sensibilities. Good stuff for sure.
Ok, Where do I get it?
Next week Blood/Candy.
Late to the Game 6/15/2021
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