Saturday, May 21, 2016

CD Review: The Muffs Get Re-Release Of 2nd Album And The Posies Come Together With "Solid States"

On May 27, Omnivore Recordings will re-release the second album from California alternative rock band The Muffs. Their debut album was re-released last August (review: jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com) and this new release follows suit, gathering seven bonus tracks to add to The Muffs original album "Blonder And Blonder." Now as a three-piece band, the music has a raw, punk-like sound as delivered in "Agony" and "Oh Nina." They had a hit single with the alternative-rock/pop feel of "Sad Tomorrow" as lead singer/guitarist Kim Shattuck steals the show with her energy and passion. Kim gives us her best Joan Jett impression with "Red Eyed Troll," while songs like "I Need A Face" and "Ethyl My Love" have The Muffs sounding like a mixture of early Green Day and Nirvana.

The bonus tracks consist of the two U.K. B-sides, beginning with the quick-pace and growling vocals of "Goodnight Now" and the post-punk guitar riffs of "Become Undone." The other five songs are demo recordings of the songs "Born Today," "Look At Me," "Pennywhore," "Red Eyed Troll" and "Won't Come Out To Play" as Kim is still working up the songs final version. To find out more about the new release from The Muffs titled "Blonder And Blonder," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

American alternative rock band The Posies return with their first new release in almost six years. The new album titled "Solid States" was released back in April and is the first album since the death of drummer Darius Minwalla and bassist Joe Skyward. The new album features a dozen tracks beginning with the up-tempo, punk-like rhythm of "We R Power!" as original members Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow continue to grow as artists. They slow down for the psychedelic feel of "Scattered" and find the perfect blend of rock and soul for the addictive "Titanic." The Posies bring back the wonderful harmonies of their heyday with "Squirrel vs. Snake," while "The Definition" expands their sound into more electronic territory. The album finishes with the piano ballad "The Sound Of Clouds" and the uplifting pop-feel of "Radiance." The Posies are currently touring the U.S. until the end of the May. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about their new album "Solid States," please visit theposies.net.

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