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The Possibilities | Way Out (Parasol)
Opening with the densely layered, Phil Spector-meets-Beach Boys choral-pop of Invisible, The Possibilities second album, 'Way Out', gets off to a bold start. Based in Athens, Georgia, the five-piece band share the songwriting and vocal responsibilities. Much like Sloan who employ a similarly democratic approach, they have the ability to absorb and adapt a broad spectrum of influences that despite their diverse elements makes for a very satisfying whole. You Don't Mean It, a song from the band's self-titled debut album was covered by The Minus 5 on their excellent 'Let The War Against Music Begin' set from last year and also later released as a single. The Possibilities also performed last year with Scott McCaughey, Ken Stringfellow and Peter Buck as The Minus 5 supporting REM at their first show in Athens for ten years. That's a fairly strong endorsement in my book. They've also backed up Jack Logan on several projects in recent years. Both Logan and Scott McCaughey return the favour here, albeit in fairly low key fashion - Logan wrote the lyrics for the gorgeous Wouldn't Take Nothing, whilst McCaughey penned the album's slightly off the wall sleeve notes. There may be plenty of bands out there seeking their inspiration from any number of '60s and '70s role-models, but The Possiblities definitely have an edge over the majority of the competition. While it is not always the case, this band's diversity is undoubtedly one of its strengths. Way Out is compelling evidence of that.

Geraint Jones
August 2002