- Audio CD (March 4, 2003)
- Original Release Date: 2003
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Secretly Canadian
- ASIN: B00008AJQ4
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Top Customer Reviews
I am still loving this album. Jason Molina is an unacknowledged talent that deserves to be recognized.
I should point out that I'm a big fan of nocturnal, atmospheric music with a distinctly rural-american tinge, and that pretty well describes this album. My knee-jerk classification (if that kind of thing matters to you) would be to say alt-country, but lumping Songs: Ohia in with the like of Whiskeytown and Son Volt doesn't quite gel, especially given the strong blues influence throughout.
To dive into more specific analysis, let's break down the record into its components. The voices jump out immediately. Jason Molina leads the pack, singing lead on three quarters of the albums eight tracks. He channels Neil Young to an extent; they share the same kind of drawling intensity, but whatever comparison you want to make, the sound is still a remarkably pleasant one.
The voices on the remaining two tracks are a mixed bag. The male vocal on 'The Old Black Hen' (I THINK this is Lawrence Peters, based on the breif liner notes, but I'm not positive) pours it on a little thick for my taste, but bigger fans of a classic country (definitely an applicable term on this track) might dig it more than I do.
Scout Niblett's vocals on 'Peoria Lunch Box Blues' on the other hand, steal the spotlight.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite albums. Molina was a true poet and wonderful songwriter. Every song gives me goosebumps.Published 11 months ago by A. Barnett
And now that Jason Molina is gone, it's so sad and eerie at times. "Tell them that every day that I lived, I was trying to sing the blues the way I found them. Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Inder
Jason Molina's finest album. Contains a number of superb songs, and excellent pedal steel playing. A must own for anybody who loves great songwriting.Published on November 13, 2013 by Philip Brown
One of the most amazing albums you'll ever hear. Jason's voice combined with the beautiful melodies makes this a must listen. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Sean
I'm a little iffy on The Old Black Hen, it doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the songs, but otherwise this album is stellar.Published on January 15, 2013 by amonitrate
Oh yeah, this one is a classic. Somehow it has managed to float mostly under the radar for years, even as I tell everyone I know to get it. Read morePublished on December 1, 2009 by N. Smith