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Soft Commands

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You Drew
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Any Love (Cassandra Et Lune)
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Known Diamond
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When U Find Someone
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Don't Die
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Let Me Do
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For Your Sake
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Je Vous En Prie
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You Become The Dawn
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Dawn Of The Dub Of The Dawn Feat. Gaffa Man
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Cyclone Graves
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Death Of A City
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 45:33

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dim the lights...


...because this is great "gettin' it on" music! Variety in rhythm and pace throughout the album without getting frantic or sleepy at any point. Good stuff.

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Come On!


It seems the fellow from newark has only received his information of The Posies from MTV video airplay (When Mute Tongues is far better than Dream All Day) KF's latest album shows why The Posies are as great as they are. Soft Commands shows the genius that is KF. His songwriting is as great as ever. And his production is spectacular! (Since Paste mag asks him for his opinion on mixing and production, he must have some street cred!) All around, Soft Commands is Ken's best work so far.

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many get their panties in a twist cuz it doesn't sound like the Posies, but it's not a Posies album. it's a K.S. album. and without Auer would anyone want it to be? i bought this when it came out, promptly had it stolen, and bought it again. it's that good. and longdong, FOTB is great, but try Amazing Disgrace. it's my fav and it'll change your audible-vision of the Posies considerably. oh, and using that Bolton d@*che as a comparison?!? are you on crack??

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Sucks? No way - this is a beautiful album, that just keeps getting better with every listen. Check out the preview clips for yourself. It's not a facsimilie of the Posies, but what would be the point? its a different type of album. Thats what artists do - change.

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C'mon now!


Everybody who ever gave the Posies more than a cursory listen knows they were WAY more than "Dream All Day"...Frosting on the Beater is indeed a great record, and should be purchased IMMEDIATELY, but this tribute to AM radio is well worth a listen as well!

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this SUCKS


Ken Stringfellow was in a great band called The Posies, who had an amazing song called Dream All Day. However his solo stuff sounds nothing like the Posies. It's just total garbage. It sounds like a watered down version of Michael Bolten. Don't bother downloading this crap. Instead, get the Posies album, Frosting On The Beater, which was about how much they all love to masturbate.

They Say All Music Guide

Ex-Posies frontman Ken Stringfellow returns for another round of intricate pop/rock confections with the FM-ready Soft Commands. This time around, the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist broadens his horizons with forays into Burt Bacharach soft rock, soul, and even dub. Writing and recording all over the world — New York, Senegal, Stockholm, Seattle, Paris, Vancouver, and Hollywood — Stringfellow has concocted a frustratingly obtuse record that’s as beautiful and bold as it is shapeless and erratic. Soft Commands plays like a compilation, taking on Jackson Browne pop (“You Drew”), experimental reggae (“You Became the Dawn”), and heavily orchestrated Phil Spector bliss (“When You Find Someone”) with varying results — the latter sounds like a sequel to the Walker Brothers’ 1966 classic “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.” Stringfellow’s crystal-clear vocals have always been among his stronger attributes, and they couldn’t be any better on tracks like the gorgeous and epic closer “Death of a City,” but when he attempts a multi-note soul croon on the bluesy “Let Me Do,” the cool confidence that rings true within the confines of his pop material is rendered shaky and thin by a milieu he may be better off appreciating from afar. Soft Commands is full of the intricate arrangements and clever wordplay that power pop fans have come to expect from the artist, and nowhere is that more apparent than on the serpentine rocker “Don’t Die,” a heavy, complex, and blissfully Posie-esque rumination on death that requires several listens before attaching itself to your brain like a remora to a shark. It’s a reminder that despite the occasional deviation, Stringfellow is still capable of balancing beauty and danger within the confines of the four-minute pop song, and for fans of melodic rock everywhere, that’s a damn good thing. – James Christopher Monger

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