Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Posies: Amazing Disgrace [DGC, 1996]
Pumped by a frenetic new rhythm section and some half-earned rage, the static tunes of Alex Chilton's hottest backup band approach peak Matthew Sweet or Chris Butler-kicked dB's. Of course it's not the Beatles or Big Star--merely emulated, the formal ideas don't sustain their excitement. But it beats Bluroroasisoraimeemann. Inspirational Verse: "When I asked you, `Why Ontario?'/You said, `It sounds good on the radio.'" B+