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The Posies, 'Failure'

8. The Posies, 'Failure'

First issued as a homegrown cassette, then as an LP on the not-much-bigger Popllama label, the 1988 debut of this Pacific Northwest duo was classicist jangle, chorales and romanticism with an alt-rock edge: a compelling power-pop challenge to emerging Seattle grunge in the same way that Big Star struggled to be heard over Led Zeppelin's tailwind in the Seventies. This reissue comes with bonus tracks, but the original 11 songs stand pretty and strong enough on their own — so good that, in 1993, Auer and Stringfellow were asked to be half of the revived Big Star.