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"

References[edit]

  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]", Pitchfork Media 4 November 2009, accessed 25 November 2009. <link>