Saturday, 26 April 2008

Magnolia Electric Co. - What Comes After the Blues

Released in 2005, this is Jason Molina's second release under the Magnolia Electric Co. moniker (formerly Songs: Ohia). As far as I'm concerned, it's an impressive slice of alt-country that, while not free of the Neil Young influence (but not really overly derivative of good ol' Dr. Shakes), primarily serves to enrich and broaden Molina's prolific body of work without marring it with excessive monotony.

The crunchy guitars and melancholic lyrics have an undeniable initial impact that is more reminiscent of whiskey-soaked Midwest indie rock than whiskey-soaked Midwest folk, which is probably why it's critically reviewed as not up to Songs: Ohia standards. The truth is, it's a different beast with the same heart - I'll be uploading more of Molina's music soon, because if you like this album, his other works will garner much praise from yo' earholes.

P.S. "The Dark Don't Hide It" is some rockin' ass shit.

Now playing: Crystal Castles - Untrust Us
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