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Didn't It Rain

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Didn't It Rain
Steve Albini's Blues
Ring The Bell
Cross The Road, Molina
Blue Factory Flame
Two Blue Lights
Blue Chicago Moon
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Total Tracks: 7   Total Length: 43:25

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Endless endless endless endless endless endless


Depression... Good since 2002. This man deserves 6000 hugs and a huge party. Once per year.

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A perfect album. Far and away the best thing Jason Molina has ever done. The sessions that gave birth to this album were absolute magic. (Listen to the "Gray Tower" 7" if you can find it, for further evidence.) This is an album that never stops growing on me. I can't recommend it highly enough, although to be honest, mp3s probably aren't the best way to hear it.

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Loved it from the 1st listen!


Loved it from the 1st listen and every one since then! Smooth and engaging. Will always be a favorite of mine.

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hell yes


This album makes me want to go out to the shed and shoot myself(aka. Its really good).

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The best Songs: Ohia album


Definately an essential album, and a great place to start if you're just getting into Songs: Ohia. Maybe Molina's best collection of songs, with excellent performances across the board. Check out Ghost Tropic next if you like this one.

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Should be an editor's pick


Although Magnolia Electric Company is an editor's pick, I believe this to be the better album. Using the feminine voice to highlight Jason Molina's voice just adds so much to this downtempo gem. Blue Chicago Moon & Blue Factory Flame sends shivers up and down my spine.

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a staple, recently


I found this album about six months ago; it was the first Songs: Ohia album I had heard. Frankly, I was shocked by its sparseness and despair. But like all good music in the blues tradition, it touches you through its humanity. It writhes with life and hope, even at its darkest moments. If you like the melancholic, get this album.

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After the densely textured, almost suffocating feel of Ghost Tropic, Didn’t It Rain is like a blast of arctic wind. Recorded live, the album has a much looser, informal feel than its predecessor. This jam-session quality is also fostered by the addition of Jim Krewson and Jennie Benford from the neo-bluegrass band Jim & Jennie & the Pinetops, lending mandolin and close harmonies to the sparse, minor-key acoustic strumming of Jason Molina. But don’t come expecting some sort of hootenanny. Lyrically, Didn’t It Rain still delves into some dark territory, though not nearly as bleak as Ghost Tropic. One senses Molina trying to carve out some bare-bones truths and live without illusions when he sings on the title track of Emersonian self-reliance: “I’ll call you friend indeed, but I’m going to watch my own back.” Echoing this sentiment is “Ring the Bell,” the best song on the album and one of the best in the entire Songs: Ohia catalog. Atop a harrowing cello drone, Molina sings, “Help does not just walk up to you” and “If there’s a way out it will be step by step through the blackness” — there may be transcendence somehow, but it’s still necessary to deal with the here and now. Didn’t It Rain also stands as Molina’s most lyrically straightforward and personal statement, eschewing much of the oblique symbolism of his past. One of the songs is even called “Cross the Road, Molina,” and on “Blue Factory Flame” he sings, “When I die put my bones in an empty street/Bring a Coleman lantern and a radio/Cleveland game and two fishing poles/And watch with me from the shore/Ghostly steel and iron ore,” alluding to his childhood home on Lake Erie. Chicago (Molina’s current hometown) also figures heavily in a number of the songs, either directly (“Blue Chicago Moon”) or indirectly (“Steve Albini’s Blues”). All this adds up to easily the most satisfying Songs: Ohia album since Axxess & Ace. By all rights it should firmly establish Molina as one of the most distinctive singer/songwriters of his generation. – Jason Nickey

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