Magnolia Electric Co was the final album Jason Molina released under the name Songs: Ohia. Whilst touring the album, he decided to change the name of the band to Magnolia Electric Co (who never released an album called Songs: Ohia). You can hear something had changed - this Steve Albini-produced record has a harder edge than previous releases. Sadly, Molina died in March 2013 of alcohol-related organ failure. Double vinyl album, 10 year anniversary edition.
CD £8.99 SC300CD
2CD on Secretly Canadian.
Vinyl Double LP £15.73 SC300LP
2LP on Secretly Canadian.
10/10 Richard 14th November 2018
Not everyone appreciated the shift in sound that Jason Molina showcased when 'Magnolia Electric Co.' was released. After a number of brilliantly sparse LPs this was seen by many as a backwards step, almost a sell-out to the rise of Americana and the Uncut crowd. That, quite frankly, is utter rubbish. For me this LP is his career highlight, sadly never to be surpassed. It manages to meld together those heartbreaking lyrics he had previously mastered with a full band sound that retained the brilliant melancholy present in previous LPs while adding a beautiful level of depth and warmth. Just listen to that achingly sad opening guitar lick on the opening 'Farewell Transmission' and the way the track blooms as the band kicks in.
The great news for the naysayers is that the 10th anniversary edition comes with abonus disc of demos and outtakes, many of which are stripped back, so this make the reissue a massive bargain and well as a timely reminder of Molina's enduring brilliance.
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