Songs: Ohia
Axxess and Ace


5.0
classic

Review

by Frank - the rater of 3.5 USER (14 Reviews)
March 15th, 2019 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A study in how to write the perfect alt-country album

Introduction
“This album rules” (linguist2011, 2018). “Album’s dope” (DePlazz, 2018) are both examples of praise for other albums that are equally true for this Axxess & Ace. The experienced musical listener Sniff, (ongoing) have said this about Songs Ohia: - Axxess & Ace “this album owns”. Sniff, (ongoing) further argues that although his knowledge about alt-country is limited his extensive experience of music listening really speaks volumes about the 5/5 rating given by him. A 5 so powerful that it is given twice actually (don’t believe me? Check the ratings for this album).

Clark (1999) has likened Axxess & Ace to another classic alt-country album, I See a Darkness by Will Oldham (insert an Oldham alias of your choosing here). Objectively, a very apt comparison (Some dude once said (The Lonely Island)). Axxess & Ace was probably the last album before Jason Molinas descent into becoming a town drunk (Osmon, 2017)*. But on display across Axxess & Ace is another more vulnerable side of Molina. When put into the context of his recent marriage with Darcie Schoenman (anon n.d.) the emotion displayed in the songs on Axxess & Ace grow even stronger.

The aim of this joke review is to have a place to discuss the album.

Material and Method
Album: Songs Ohia: - Axxess and Ace.
Gear: Sennheiser HD-25II
Method: The author of this review listened to this album multiple times to from his opinion on the album expressed in this review.

Result
5/5

Discussion
Sniff (ongoing) has identified some career highlights from Songs: Ohia on this album. After gathering and studying all available knowledge on Songs: Ohia songs, the author of this review argues that the songs Love Leaves its Abusers, Redhead and Goodnight Lover are all career highlights for Songs: Ohia.
Some people wrongly argue that Axxess & Ace isn’t the best Songs: Ohia/Magnolia Electric album, namely theBoneyKing (2017). Sputnikmusic user DoofusWainwright (2017) would probably agree with that too. But don’t let those opinions discourage you, you have the authors blessing to 5 this.

Conclusion
Maybe Hawks (ongoing) can’t refer to this album in his patented way “m/ bro”, but honestly. Does that even matter when you have the best alt-country album ever at your hands?

*Disclaimer. The Osmon citation might not be accurate.

P.S. Bump your 5’s

Reference list:
Anon. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Molina
Clark T. M. 1999. Songs Ohia: Axxess and Ace. https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/7339-axxess-and-ace/
DePlazz. 2018. Comment accessed on https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/78082/Voivod-The-Wake/
DoofuWainwright. 2017. You old. https://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=62350&page=3#comments
Hawks. Beginning of time to the end of time. Comments accessed on www.sputnikmusic.com
linguist2011. 2018. Comment accessed on https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/78082/Voivod-The-Wake/
Osmon. E. 2017. Jason Molina: Riding with the Ghost. Rowman Littlefield Publishers. ISBN: 9781442268678
Sniff. 2010-???. Good reviewer and good user at www.sputnikmusic.com
theBoneyKing. 2017. String of wrongful comments. https://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=62350&page=3#comments
The Lonely Island. 2009. Dreamgirl.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Sniff
March 15th 2019


8092 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Released 20 years ago this day. Ahrd rip fren

Sniff
March 15th 2019


8092 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Smash that Yes button

Frippertronics
Emeritus
March 15th 2019


19536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm smashing it brother



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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2019


32053 Comments


Pos'd to hell and back.

Papa Universe
March 15th 2019


22503 Comments


Is this a review or a dissertation. axxess and POS

DoofDoof
March 15th 2019


15277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That fakking DoodusWainwright saying this isn't his best.





He right!



POZ

DoofDoof
March 15th 2019


15277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a bizarre choice of 5 if you only have about ten 5s to your name but that is why we love this place

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2019


27975 Comments


Haha. I really dig The Lioness per your rec so I’ll give this one a go

Sniff
March 15th 2019


8092 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You can't really go wrong with either this or Lioness. This just edges Lioness for me though.

JustJoe.
March 15th 2019


10944 Comments


I love this.

NorthernSkylark
March 17th 2019


12134 Comments


his voice sounds so young on this one

Drifter
May 4th 2019


20882 Comments


Woah didn't even realize someone wrote a review for this.

I can never listen to Goodnight Lover just once whenever I listen to this album. It's just too beautiful. Love Leaves its Abusers is also an obvious highlight and one of his best songs

Sniff
May 4th 2019


8092 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's a peer-reviewed scientific article not a review

Drifter
May 5th 2019


20882 Comments


Apologies Sniff.

theBoneyKing
February 21st 2021


24517 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn, this is a beaut. Oddly overlooked compared to the rest of the Songs: Ohia catalogue.

Drifter
August 7th 2021


20882 Comments


Resistance failed
Resistance... failed

And friendship failed
And friendship... failed

As lovers we did not fail
As lovers we did not fail




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