Magnolia Electric Co. is the seventh regular and final album by Songs: Ohia. It was recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago and released by Secretly Canadian on March 4, 2003. It received universal critical acclaim according to Metacritic (with a composite rating of 85, ranking 24th among
best albums of 2003).
Delusions of Adequacy called it "a watershed album, an artistic
breakthrough, and the first album to fully realize Molina's potential." Allmusic
was more reticent in its wording, claiming that "Magnolia Electric Co.
may not be the best Songs: Ohia album, but it is certainly the most
approachable. It has a big, open feel certain to appeal to any classic
rock fan, but retains the warm intimacy of previous albums." Various sources connected the album to Bob Dylan's album Bringing It All Back Home.
The naming of the album and comments by Jason Molina
have led to discussions whether it is not, in fact, the first album by
Molina's new band, also named Magnolia Electric Co. In fact the artwork
for the album does not contain the name Songs: Ohia anywhere. On the
other hand, the album was recorded with different musicians than the
current members of Magnolia Electric Co., and the decision to take on
the new name was not announced until the tour following the release in
the Spring of 2003. Molina has later declared Didn't It Rain the final Songs: Ohia album.-Wikipedia
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