The Posies – Blood/Candy (Rykodisc / Warner Music Canada)

The newest record from Seattle power pop group The Posies marks a return to the pop that weighed so heavily on the group’s first couple of records. Within seconds of listening to the record, it is obvious that there is a confidence and cohesion to these songs that was absent from their previous album. Listening to first single The Glitter Prize, the multi-dimensional Licenses To Hide or Take Care, it is clear the group hasn’t lost their knack for infectious pop hooks. Blood/Candy is a very strong contender for my record of the year.