Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Magnolia Electric Company is a watershed album, an artistic breakthrough, and the first album to fully realize Molina's potential.
  2. The Magnolia Electric Co. succeeds where other albums of a similar nature fail because it has the courage to point towards what is wrong with itself and the medium through which it is presented.
  3. 90
    The sound of a major talent gone major league. [Apr 2003, p.105]
  4. It takes a colossal effort to back Molina's candor, and given what a departure this record is for the band, it's not surprising that some of the songs get bogged down here and there. It's also not much of a problem.
  5. 80
    Occasionally ground down in the past with the sheer weight of sadness, here Songs:Ohia sound defiant, uplifting, and never better. [Apr 2003, p.102]
  6. Magnolia Electric Co. may not be the best Songs: Ohia album, but it is certainly the most approachable. It has a big, open feel certain to appeal to any classic rock fan, but retains the warm intimacy of previous albums.
  7. 80
    Serves notice that Molina has discovered some heavy machinery and isn't afraid to use it. [#58, p.106]
  8. Compared to the brilliant quaver of 1999's Axxess and Ace, The Magnolia Electric Co. is almost commercial in the fullness of its sound -- many longtime fans will no doubt be put off by it. It has the feel, though, of an artist turning a corner, of adding a few new colors to his palette and seeing a ton of previously unthinkable possibilities on the horizon.
  9. An excellent, bracing, work from Jason Molina and company.
  10. Feels a bit like Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home--a record where bravery is found with volume. [Apr 2003, p.85]
User Score
9.4

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. MattJ
    Jan 14, 2007
    10
    One of the finest albums in this genre.
  2. RodrigoM
    Jul 3, 2005
    10
    Songs: Ohia's better produced album is a real masterpiece. An introspective country-folk rock album in the line of Neil Young's influences that could be considered as one of the best albums of the first halkf of the decade. It has it all: variety, cohesion, great instrumentations, powerfull vocals mixed with polished arrangements, but still with a raw rock sound. A unique album. Full Review »
  3. leeman
    Jun 26, 2005
    10
    ive only heard 2 songs, dark dont hide it is the best song ive heard for years. Cant wait to get a copy of the Album