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  • Summary: Jason Molina rocks out a bit more on this latest offering, which finds the singer-songwriter backed by the same musicians on the 'Mi Sei Apparaso Come Un Fantasma' live album. Steve Albini produces, and to quote the official press release, "This is the first Songs: Ohia record with more than one song that could be played at a strip joint or monster truck show." Collapse
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  1. Magnolia Electric Company is a watershed album, an artistic breakthrough, and the first album to fully realize Molina's potential.
  2. 90
    The sound of a major talent gone major league. [Apr 2003, p.105]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 80
    Serves notice that Molina has discovered some heavy machinery and isn't afraid to use it. [#58, p.106]
  7. Feels a bit like Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home--a record where bravery is found with volume. [Apr 2003, p.85]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7