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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 thanJason 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." Expand
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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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  1. PernilleR
    Nov 3, 2003
    10
    Simply amazing
  2. MattJ
    Jan 14, 2007
    10
    One of the finest albums in this genre.
  3. DavidN
    Jan 26, 2005
    10
    This was the album I was waiting for since the earliest Songs: Ohia EP's - it makes good on all of those acoustic songs that we full of This was the album I was waiting for since the earliest Songs: Ohia EP's - it makes good on all of those acoustic songs that we full of unreleased power. Here it is; powerful surging music to match the astonishing vocal and lyrical feats of Molina. And Niblett is a genius addition... the best work of her career is Peoria Lunch Box Blues. Expand
  4. 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
  5. 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 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. Expand
  6. davidb
    Apr 15, 2003
    9
    Gran giro musical de Jason Molina y su banda. Disco enorme, como casi todos sus anteriores. Scout Niblett está increible.
  7. RossH
    Feb 15, 2004
    8
    Absolutely fascinating. riveting and deeply affecting. This CD put me off for the first two playings, then I became completely addicted. The Absolutely fascinating. riveting and deeply affecting. This CD put me off for the first two playings, then I became completely addicted. The depth, complexity, clarity of feeling and sheer oddness of this vision make Magnolia Electric Company a singular achievement. Collapse