Fading Trails

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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 jam-packed with lyrics that make you wonder how Jason does it.
  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 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.
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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. 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.
  3. With its restructured band lineup and multiple producers/locations, Fading Trails is unavoidably a somewhat dispirited and disjointed affair.