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  • Summary: The posthumous release for the Ohio singer-songwriter was recorded in 2008.
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  1. Mojo
    Aug 6, 2020
    80
    Short, spellbinding, almost painfully beautiful album. [Sep 2020, p.96]
  2. Q Magazine
    Aug 6, 2020
    80
    Reminders of a great talent lost, and what might have been. [Sep 2020, p.111]
  3. Aug 14, 2020
    80
    Eight Gates is an album of uncommon beauty, cracked and imperfect but ultimately a strong, cogent artistic statement. It's also a stark reminder of Molina's massive artistic skill and will likely cause most listeners to wonder what else he could have accomplished had he lived long past his brief 39 years.
  4. Aug 6, 2020
    80
    Eight Gates presents him as a living being, troubled and troublesome, which might seem like a minor accomplishment but is actually closer to profound given what we know of his life after these sessions. Most of all, it reinforces Molina as an artist rather than as someone overtaken by demons, as a flawed man rather than the myth he often made himself out to be. [Sep 2020, p.38]
  5. These songs, Molina’s living animals, continue to make their way through the world, ensuring that their creator’s legacy lives on.
  6. Aug 7, 2020
    80
    It's just a short but compelling set of songs from a singular artist, and however it made its way to a public hearing, listeners can only be grateful it has emerged at last.
  7. Aug 6, 2020
    60
    While Eight Gates seems mostly germinal and is not the ideal introduction to Molina's work, fans will likely forgive the album's inchoateness and simply appreciate another dollop of the artist's distinct melancholia — nine tunes that underscore his attunement to suffering, inconsequence, and the brutality of the corporeal world.

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  1. Aug 12, 2020
    4
    My first experience with this artist. short songs which really comes from the heart of it creator(s), good lyrics, but nothing new. I thinkMy first experience with this artist. short songs which really comes from the heart of it creator(s), good lyrics, but nothing new. I think problem is that the moment I was starting to connect to a song it's over! as simple as that! Expand