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