Fading Trails

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. What the cathartic Fading Trails might lack in foot-tapping motivation, it makes up for in passion and honesty and is highly recommended for those who like to dig a little deeper for albums that get better each time they are played.
  2. Fading Trails shows he's capable of being a striking indie-rock personality.
  3. Uncut
    80
    Molina's at the top of his lonesome game throughout. [Oct 2006, p.117]
  4. Magnet
    80
    One of Molina's strongest, most interesting records yet. [#73, p.96]
  5. I'd say Fading Trails is the best Magnolia's done, unless you count the nominally Songs:Ohia-made Magnolia Electric Co., which I do, and which is still the best Molina product out.
  6. The full-band songs rarely manage the sort of charismatic country-rock crunchiness that made What Comes After the Blues so endearing on repeated listen. On the other hand, the solo tracks can’t really match up to the almost uniformly excellent offerings on Let Me Go.
  7. Despite the relatively heavy guitars and relatively dense production, you’ll notice a similarity to the smart, earnest, complex material Molina played as Songs: Ohia.
  8. With its restructured band lineup and multiple producers/locations, Fading Trails is unavoidably a somewhat dispirited and disjointed affair.
  9. Paste Magazine
    60
    Unlike previous MagCo. releases, it finally feels like the band has achieved a unifying cohesiveness. [Nov 2006, p.79]
  10. The growing sense that Molina released this record last year--and will probably release it again next year--is frustrating.
  11. Fading Trails feels like a handful of decent songs that, thrown together seemingly at random, form an unfortunate snooze of a record.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. MattH
    Oct 1, 2006
    9
    A CD that just gets better with each listen. While it doesn't quite have the sonic variety of the last 2 CDs from MEC, it's A CD that just gets better with each listen. While it doesn't quite have the sonic variety of the last 2 CDs from MEC, it's jam-packed with lyrics that make you wonder how Jason does it. Full Review »
  2. AlexF
    Sep 20, 2006
    9
    It may not differ too much from his previous two albums, but I can't get enough of the music of Jason Magnolia/Molina/Ohia. His lyrics It may not differ too much from his previous two albums, but I can't get enough of the music of Jason Magnolia/Molina/Ohia. His lyrics have repetitive themes (ghosts, moons) but the way in which he communicates emotion through his voice almost makes the lyrics irrelevant. This is the perfect album to unreluctantly ease into autumn, while coping with one's post-summer blues. Full Review »