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4.0 out of 5 stars you are not helpless,
This review is from: Didn't It Rain (Audio CD)It just goes to show that you really ought to pay more attention to Amazon.co.uk's recommendations. Songs:Ohia was suggested on my recommendations page. I had never heard of them or Jason Molina.Now my world's a much happier place thanks to this wonderfully bleak album.
The tempo throughout is funereal and the word 'blue' appears in the titles of 3 out of the 7 tracks as if to reinforce that what you are about to listen to cannot under any circumstances be described as pop music.I've read reviews which compare Jason Molina to Neil Young but I can't hear the similarities myself.However Molina does have the Youngian knack of writing songs which meander nowhere (not very) fast and yet hypnotically hold your attention until you realise another 7 minute epic has flown by with indecent haste.
These songs are sparsely bleak and yet never depressing (well they're so damn good that they bring a smile to my face at least).I don't think I'd give any album 5 stars(part of the addiction of listening to music is that maybe, just maybe, the next album you buy will be that perfect aural pleasure you've spent 20 years and £1000s searching for) but if Amazon allowed me to award half-stars I'd give this 4.5 stars.
Stand-out tracks are'Didn't It Rain','Ring The Bell' and 'Blue Chicago Moon'. The latter's lyrics include:'You will come face to face with that darkness and desolation/And the endless depression' which give a pretty good idea of the tone of the songs. Molina does however follow this with 'You are not helpless/Try to beat it/And live through space's loneliness/You are not helpless/I'll help you try,try to beat it.'Well I just hope someone's trying to help Jason Molina to beat it.I'd like to be buying new Jason Molina CDs for years to come so, to adapt one of your own song titles (from the equally as good 'Magnolia Electric Co' album), Hold On,Molina.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Through the driving rain, through the swaying wires",
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This review is from: Didn't It Rain (Audio CD)It's hard to find the words to express how much this album means to me, and even harder to believe that someone with the talent of Jason Molina is not better known.
In the evolution of Molina's output as Songs:Ohia, this feels like the pinnacle, the moment of clarity, a sparse and atmospheric masterpiece.
This is music with a strong sense of place, and once you've lost yourself in the world of Songs:Ohia, it's impossible to emerge without a longing to return. If you want to go a shade darker, `Ghost Tropic', a shade lighter, `The Lioness' or 'The Magnolia Electric Co'. Either way, do yourself a favour, go back and discover this band's incredible body of work.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime version 2,
This review is from: Didn't It Rain (Audio CD)Cannot express how wonderful this music is, you have got to hear it to realise where all the good music is in the world.
Utterly timeless and I always get taken back in immense feelings of reverie and melancholy but in the best of ways.
Just the opener itself and title track "Didn't it rain" always gets its hooks in me, and I'm totally there with him watching him "at the edge of the storm" because "it's the light of truth".
5.0 out of 5 stars obviously never going to get a mercury prize,
This review is from: Didn't It Rain (Audio CD)Without doubt one of the best albums of all time r i p Jason melancholy never sounded better I see a darkness indeed
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deathly alt-folk,
This review is from: Didn't It Rain (Audio CD)this is a beautiful record, jason molina's voice is spookily similar to his friend will oldham's and the record will appeal to fans of will/palace/bonnie prince billy. there is a dense, unearthly tension on the record and the themes of light, darkness, bells and chicago recur throughout the songs
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