Frosting On The Beater is arguably the best album by Seattle power pop stalwarts The Posies. It’s full of blissful guitars, joyful melodies and perfect harmonies. It was the band’s third album and was originally released in 1993. The album has an edgier, rockier sound than its two predecessors due to Don Fleming (Gumball, Velvet Monkeys, Dim Stars) being handed the production reins and he did a marvellous job. It contains some of the band’s most well-known songs such as Dream All Day, Flavor Of The Month and epic brooding closer, Coming Right Along, which has been used to great effect on several TV shows. Reissue LP on Omnivore. Mastered from original analog tapes and cut at 45 rpm.
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9/10 Claude (the dog from the kid's books) 23rd September 2018
Frosting On The Beater is a power-pop classic. A meatier brand of power-pop than the genre usually supplies, and meatier than previous efforts by The Posies, too, but power-pop nonetheless. The guitars and drums were made bigger by Gumball’s Don Fleming and it was very much to the album’s benefit. Released in 1993 as grunge was in its death rattle phase, The Posies hailing from Bellingham, Washington, where grunge ground-zero Seattle was the largest city. This possibly offered a new alternative sound, however, they were never to be as big as the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, but that matters not one jot, as the music here is amazing.
The opening triumvirate of Dream All Day, Solar Sister and Flavor Of The Month is a good a three song opening as you’ll get anywhere: catchy and memorable power-pop with great riffs and hooks. It was during the tour to support this album that they played Definite Door on notorious Channel 4 show The Word. The performance was a bit of a disaster, but if you are old enough to remember it, don’t let it colour your view of the band as it’s another great song. Earlier Than Expect harks back to their previous album, Dear 23, whilst also hinting at what we might here on later albums such as Success. Lights Out is a Revolver-era Beatles strum before it breaks into noise that suggests the grunge of their home state has seeped in to their veins.
The closing track, Coming Right Along is a plump and beautiful ballad, different to every other track on the album. Just guitar, voice and harmony vocal make it an enveloping and truly effecting end to a great album.
9/10 The Doc 21st September 2018
Dear Lord, I used to love this lot once upon a time, and this is their best record by an absolute distance. Their early records showed that they had a real knack for crafting literate, intelligent power-pop songs, but the production was always a little too bright and jangly, which left them lacking the edge of some of their peers. This is a totally different kettle of fish altogether though, and sees them cranking up the gain to give the guitars a proper hard, scuzzy edge and meaning the songs pack much more of a punch. As far as pop records go, it's pretty much perfect, rammed with high quality tunes from start to finish. Opener Dream All Day is a classic, as is second track Solar Sister, possibly the best song they ever wrote. Other highlights include the earworm-inducing Flavour Of the Month, not to mention the brooding grunge stylings of Earlier Than Expected and Burn and Shine. I lost interest in them after Amazing Disgrace so I don't know how their later material compares, but for me, if you're only going to ever buy one Posies record it has to be this one. Anyone who's ever blown their load over Big Star's Radio City or anything by the early Fannies is advised to check this out immediately.
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