Picks and Pans Review: Dear 23

updated 12/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Posies

Don't be fooled just because the paisley-shirt movement shrank up a few years ago. I The '60s influence on underground rock I music gets stronger all the time.

While bevies of bands revamp psychedelia and the new disco trio Deee-Lite dons I outfits straight out of a Laugh-In party scene, this major-label debut by the Posies brings back jangling '60s pop. The Seattle quartet sounds at times like the Byrds, the rockier songs of Simon and Garfunkel and, yes, even the Monkees.

Most retro bands tuck their nostalgia under a thin blanket of satire. Not the Posies. They deliver chirpy melodies and pretty harmonies as if the task mattered a lot to the world.

Sometime band leaders Jon Auer, 21, and Ken Stringfellow, 22, sound a bit too earnest as they sing about failed marriages and love affairs. Luckily, bass player Rick Roberts and drummer Mike Musburger, a nephew of sportscaster Brent Musburger, balance the mood by keeping the music light and lively.

Expect no complaints from the Parents' Music Resource Center about this recording. The Posies are G-rated all the way. (DGC)

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