I confess, I came late to Jason Molina and Songs:Ohia/Magnolia Electric Co.; too late to hear him sing/play live, or to experience, in relation to both his projects, the thrill one gets when awaiting a new record. He's been dead over 10 months. However, this is a record I will treasure for a long time. From the opening riff on the brilliant Farewell Transmisson every track is captivating: Molina's voice full of yearning, vulnerability and yet control, the guitars simultaneously evoking truck-stops and prairies, the lyrics thought provoking and evocative; the rest of the band all ramshackle thrust, and yet able to tread lightly when the mood demands. Highlights - Farewell Transmission, I've Been Riding with the Ghost, the plaintive Just Be Simple, Peoria Lunch Box Blues (with Scout Niblett providing an ethereal guest vocal), and the swirling John Henry Split My Heart.