Molina And Johnson - Molina And Johnson
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  • Summary: This is the debut album of the collaboration between Magnolia Electric Co.'s Jason Molina and Centro-matic's Will Johnson.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
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  1. This empty feeling contributes to the quiet mood of Molina & Johnson, which feels dark and battered yet still gleaming, a compilation that's as evocative as the best work of either of its namesakes.
  2. Molina and Johnson manages to sound as good as the backstory: two friends crossing paths in winter, making an album that reflects the contemplative spirit of the season.
  3. 80
    Molina's downhome style and tender vocals coalesce with Johnson's frugger voice on minor marvels like "Almost Let You In" and "Twenty Cycles To The Ground", while the tidal hum and strum of "Now, Divide" is moodily unusual. [Dec 2009, p. 103]
  4. Together, usually accompanied by little more than acoustic guitar and piano, they create emotionally rich musical miniatures that only ever take up as much room--both musically and lyrically--as they need.
  5. Although slightly overlong, it remains a fruitful collaboration containing moments of great wintry beauty, and ultimately shows enough to whet the appetite for a follow-up. [Holiday 2009, p.83]
  6. All in all, a fine introduction to the compelling Will Johnson, but a peculiar idea, to make a painfully intimate album with two songwriters rather than just one.
  7. There are a few bright spots on this otherwise monochromatic album, most crammed toward the beginning.

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