Frosting on the Beater

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Frosting on the Beater opens with a thick wall of distorted guitars and booming drums kicking up a very melodic fuss behind Ken Stringfellow and Jonathan Auer's creamy-smooth harmonies on the psych-tinged "Dream All Day," and the track's sweet-and-sour blend immediately announces this is going to be a very different affair than the Posies' major label debut, Dear 23. With noisy rock dude Don Fleming in the producer's chair, it came as no great surprise that Frosting on the Beater was a much harder sounding album than the introspective Dear 23, but surprisingly enough, Fleming also knew how to make the most of the band's expert pop songwriting; with the tempos and guitars ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Frosting on the Beater opens with a thick wall of distorted guitars and booming drums kicking up a very melodic fuss behind Ken Stringfellow and Jonathan Auer's creamy-smooth harmonies on the psych-tinged "Dream All Day," and the track's sweet-and-sour blend immediately announces this is going to be a very different affair than the Posies' major label debut, Dear 23. With noisy rock dude Don Fleming in the producer's chair, it came as no great surprise that Frosting on the Beater was a much harder sounding album than the introspective Dear 23, but surprisingly enough, Fleming also knew how to make the most of the band's expert pop songwriting; with the tempos and guitars turned, the tunes gained a needed physical impact that brought the melodies and hooks into the forefront, where they belonged. Just as importantly, the spot-on harmonies that were the highlight of Dear 23 were still very much in evidence, resting atop the piles of fuzzy guitar chords like a dollop of hot fudge poured over a big scoop of ice cream. And prior to this, who knew that Ken Stringfellow and Jonathan Auer could rock out so hard and so well on guitars? One could argue that the big guitar attack of Frosting on the Beater was simply the Posies' way of trying to cash in on the grunge sweepstakes that briefly turned their hometown of Seattle into the center of the rock universe. But one listen also reveals that it transformed a smart but overly precious pop outfit into a hard-charging power pop band that gained a wealth of strength without giving up any of their smarts in the process -- not a bad bargain.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2008
  • Label: Geffen Uk
  • UPC: 008811929824
  • Catalog Number: 19298

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Posies Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jon Auer Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Vibes
Mike Musburger Drums
Ken Stringfellow Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Dave Fox Bass
Technical Credits
Jon Auer Composer, Engineer
Don Fleming Producer
Adam Kasper Engineer
Ken Stringfellow Composer
Jim Waters Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't let the Alternaphiles fool you.

    You'll probably hear something about their earlier work being better from folks trying be music elitists or act hardcore. They always say stuff like that. The fact of the matter is, though, that this is The Posies' best album. It's got an enourmous emotional pull and is especially relevant when you're young..or thinking about being young..or..anytime, really. The lyrics are observational and concern themselves with simple truths about life and "coming of age", they'll probably even remind you of your own life's story. Highlights include Solar Sister, Dream All Day, When Mute Tounges Can Speak, and, well, listening to the entire album. Of course, it's catchy but it rocks...and if you're not after catchy, melodic music, then why the hell are you looking at the Posies? A definite buy if this is your kind of stuff.

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