Josephine - Magnolia Electric Co.
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  • Summary: The latest album from the Magnolia Electric Co. is a tribute concept album for their deceased bassist, Evan Farrell.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. The sympathetic accompaniment of his expansive band--which abandons its on-stage Crazy Horse roar to operate in a spare, desolate gray area between funeral-paced country and bloodshot soul on the quietly breathtaking Josephine--does nothing to make Molina seem any less alone.
  2. It's at times fragile, at times bolstering, at times bittersweet, at times even triumphant, but it's timeless all the same.
  3. This is the record Evan Farrell wanted to make, it’s the band’s humble attempt to honor their friend, and it must be a small comfort to know that in their loss they have created something this beautiful.
  4. Who knows if Josephine will ultimately have the staying power of Molina’s very best work, but he and his band are back doing what they do best--and, for all the talk of ramblers heading for the horizon, they finally sound at home.
  5. Backed by a fine team of multi-instrumentalists, Molina delivers a harrowing set of songs with short running times and minimalist arrangements.
  6. Plenty to like, but it's hard to love Jospehine. [Summer 2009, p.61]
  7. There are real, new stylistic portents here. But Josephine mostly suggests new directions rather than moving in them, and the traceless ache of its muddy middle-third ('Hope Dies Last,' 'The Handing Down,' 'Map of the Falling Sky') is burdensome.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JackC.
    Jul 22, 2009
    A truly great record. Absolutely timeless. Tracks that initially seem to plod (Knoxville Girl, Map of the Falling Stars) reveal themselves to be brilliant with subsequent listens, while other tracks are are easy to fall in love with from first listen (O Grace, Josephine, Shenandoah). This is a true album where every song matters. And every song is worth your time. Seriously, this is an amazing record. Expand
  2. LouisW.
    Jul 23, 2009
    There are some great tracks on here, but it's more sparsely populated with these than the last few Magnolia records. Fading Trails is their best and this unfortunately doesn't match up to it. Still a good record though, just not a 10/10. Expand