Since Jason Molina changed his moniker from Songs: Ohia to Magnolia Electric Co., he's never really tried to balance the sparseness of Songs: Ohia with the crazy-horse leanings of Magnolia Electric Co.; however, Josephine finds the Lorain, Ohio native melding his two halves together, and the result is the best record he's released under the Magnolia Electric Co. name. While never as sparse as Songs: Ohia records, nor as bombastic as any previous Magnolia Electric Co. album, Josephine is a beautifully dark song cycle that warrants repeated listenings. Molina carries themes throughout his records, and this one is no different. While not exactly uplifting, there is some light as Molina points out, "Hope dies last of all".
Recommended If You Like:
Neil Young, Songs: Ohia, Centro-matic, Will Oldham
a beat-up truck.
a long drive though the midwest.
Listen to When:
you're hanging out at the old-man bar that serves nothing but cheap domestics.
Vinyl the Cat Says:
This record makes me move the same way I do when I have an itch in my ear.
Available on CD and LP
Magnolia Electric Co. - Josephine
Magnolia Electric Co. - Little Sad Eyes