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A lot happened to Seattle between the release of Dear 23 in the summer of 1990 and the release of Frosting on the Beater in the spring of 1993. You might have heard about it. It was in all of the papers.
But it must have been weird for The Posies to watch their grunge peers suddenly take over the world with the guitars cranked up to eleven without sacrificing the hooks in the process. No doubt Ken Stringfellow & Jon Auer looked at each other and were all like “hey, we can do that too!” and so Frosting on the Beater — produced by Don Fleming rather than John Leckie — was the only Posies album that kinda sounded in step with the times in which it came out. Which might be why I didn’t like it nearly as much as Dear 23: while in theory I’m always gonna love pop melodies lashed to loud guitars, I’m not sure that the tunes were as distinctive as on the previous record.