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Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain
Secretly Canadian Records

Songs: Ohia's delicate melancholy is capable of breaking even the hardest of hearts. Jason Molina's fragile, weary, and haunted voice is the soul of Songs: Ohia's beautiful folk tunes. Songs: Ohia's lugubrious folk and delicate, fluid instrumentation makes comparisons to Will Oldham or Smog's Bill Callahan inevitable, but Molina's song writing is less oblique, sometimes more harrowing, and often times more experimental. Simply put, nobody has a voice quite like Molina's. Songs: Ohia continues to make a case for itself as alt-folk's most prolific group with the release of Didn't It Rain.

Didn't It Rain showcases Molina's talent for crafting emotionally resonant songs. "Steve Albini's Blues" and "Didn't It Rain" are dripping with his trademark somber angst. "Blue Chicago Moon" is full of delicate metaphor, and the construction of "Two Blue Lights" proves Molina's ability to create deeply affecting compositions. The lyrics to "Blue Factory Flame" are worth looking up on Songs: Ohia's website, even if you don't get around to purchasing this album. Every single one of the tracks are so poignant and sincere that it's almost impossible not to immediately embrace them.

Process was vital to the finished album's feel here, as the album was recorded live in a Philadelphia studio using strictly old-fashioned recording techniques. Molina's voice is as fragile as ever and the instrumentation still stark and minimal, but there's more warmth and soul in these open, meandering compositions than any other Songs: Ohia album in memory. Molina's quiet lyrical meditations and heart breaking melodies make Didn't It Rain one of Songs: Ohia's best albums yet. I'm willing to bet that people who usually shy away from folk music would deeply appreciate Songs: Ohia. Didn't It Rain is definitely well worth the sixteen dollars.

-Emily Vandiver

Track Listing:

1. Didn't It Rain
2. Steve Albini's Blues
3. Ring the Bell
4. Cross the Road, Molina
5. Blue Factory Flame
6. Two Blue Lights
7. Blue Chicago Moon

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