The Posies: Dear 23 (1990)
They hit an early peak with their second release, 1990's Dear 23, which evidenced surprising songwriting maturity. "Golden Blunders" is a fantastic stand-out, an extended life story narrative with one of those choruses that will be stuck in your head for days (weeks?). A few other tunes hold up well alongside that one, like the boisterous opener "My Big Mouth" and the lovely, sophisticated "Suddenly Mary." But plenty of more modest moments shine as well, like the downbeat epic ballad "Apology," where the chewy hooks remain but need to be untangled from the more ambitious scope of the songs. They close things out with "Flood of Sunshine," another quiet ballad that ramps up into a full-blown 70s-styled lighter-hoisting guitar hero workout.
The album was reissued a couple years back by Omnivore, with better sound an a bonus disc of demos and alternate takes.
Here's the "Golden Blunders" video: