Molina and Johnson

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Molina and Johnson
Molina and Johnson album cover by Jack Delano, 1943
Studio album by Jason Molina and Will Johnson
Released 2 November 2009
Recorded February 2008
Genre Alternative country
Label Secretly Canadian

Molina and Johnson is a collaborative album recorded by American songwriters Jason Molina and Will Johnson. It was released on 2 November 2009 by Secretly Canadian.[1] It received "generally favorable reviews" according to review aggregator Metacritic, with an aggregate score of 75 as of 25 November 2009.[2] According to the Austin Chronicle reviewer, "this debut collaboration is a testament to just how deeply these two songwriters sympathize with each other's work, revealing a shared penchant for evocatively detailed images that blossom into visceral narratives."[3] The Pitchfork Media reviewer was less sanguine: "The 14 tracks on Molina and Johnson comprise an especially slow drive through somber countryside, windows up and speed limit carefully maintained.".[4] The cover art for the album was taken from a photograph by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information: Indiana Harbor Belt RR, switchman demonstrating signal with a "fusee" - used at twilight and dawn - when visibility is poor. This signal means "stop." Calumet City, Ill. from 1943.

"All Gone, All Gone" features back-up vocals by Sarah Jaffe.

Recording session photos on Flickr.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Twenty Cycles to the Ground
  2. All Falls Together
  3. All Gone, All Gone
  4. Almost Let You In
  5. In the Avalon/Little Killer
  6. Don't Take My Night From Me
  7. Each Star Marks a Day
  8. Lenore's Lullaby
  9. The Lily and the Brakeman
  10. Now, Divide
  11. What You Reckon, What You Breathe
  12. For as Long as It Will Matter
  13. 34 Blues
  14. Wooden Heart


  1. ^ Secretly Canadian: Molina and Johnson release onesheet. Accessed 25 November 2009. <link>
  2. ^ Metacritic: Molina And Johnson by Molina And Johnson. Accessed 25 November 2009. <link>
  3. ^ Austine Powell: "Texas Platters: Molina & Johnson", Austin Chronicle, 30 October 2009, accessed 25 November 2009. <link>
  4. ^ Stephen M. Deusner: "Album review: Molina and Johnson [5.1]", Pitchork Media 4 November 2009, accessed 25 November 2009. <link>