M. Tapper | Tappertown, USA | 02/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album kicks ass. Sons:Ohia gets down to its southern roots with this amazing feat of musical genius.Throughout there are poetic lyrics, raunchy slide guitars and interesting arrangements. The album highlight is without a doubt "Farewell Transmission" where frontman Jason Molina orchestrates a seven minute southwestern anthem, spitting out such lyrics as "Some one must have set them up/ now they'll be working in the cold grey rock/ now they'll be working in the hot mill steam/ now they'll be working in the concrete," and "Mamma here comes midnight with the dead moon in his jaws/ must be the big star about to fall," and conducting multipart vocal harmonies. The rest of the album is solid to say the least,. This album is an easy transition from folk acts like Niel Young and Will Oldham as well as modern Southern rock groups like the Silver Jews. This is my favorite album right now, and it will be yours too. So buy this album. NOW!"
Michael H. Griffin Jr. | Richmond, Virginia United States | 08/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This band seems to be unknown to most people. I believe they officially changed thier name to Magnolia Electric Co. after this disc. This was the first disc I heard from this group. I instantly liked the disc. I sought out older discs by Songs:Ohia and found more great music, but they seemed to be paving the way for this record. The music has sort of a country/alt rock type sound that is hard to classify. Jason Molina lead vocals have a unique sound with great lyrics. There is a sense of sadness to most of the tracks, but the album is not a downer as most songs also seem to have a few lines expressing some type of hope or longing.Simply put, I really like this disc and I always will wonder why a group with such a great sound goes somewhat unknown"