Rock n roll has rarely been as smart, soulful or satisfying than it has in the hands of The Posies. During an on/off career thats spanned three decades, the Seattle rooted outfit, led by musical polymaths Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, have shaped and re-shaped their muse, creating one of the more compelling catalogues in modern pop. From the very beginning, the band sired a succession of classic LPs including the now seminal Dear 23 and Frosting on the Beater-- that served as joyous rejoinders to a generation mired in grunge. And yet, for much of their history, the band has been playing a game of genre tag semantics, dodging facile and limiting descriptions like power pop and retro pop terms which initially greeted their 1988 debut, Failure.
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Benson's musical approach is detailed, craftsmanlike, fastidious. These are songs that arrive perfectly formed, immaculate, well-polished, songs that are musical Model Ts. He has co-written and recorded two spectacular albums with the Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers and Consolers of the Lonely.
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