💿 How Good Is It Really 💿 Didn't It Rain

7.99 for 69 Love Songs and the 7.9s are getting crowded

Position Album Rating
1 Spirit Of Eden 9.06
2 Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven 8.80
3 Hounds Of Love 8.79
4 Illmatic 8.70
5 It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back 8.51
6 Endtroducing…. 8.51
7 Marquee Moon 8.47
8 The Sophtware Slump 8.45
9 Spiderland 8.44
10 Untrue 8.43
11 Kid A 8.41
12 Low 8.36
13 Illinois 8.34
14 Loveless 8.24
15 Pet Sounds 8.22
16 69 Love Songs 7.99
17 Mezzanine 7.98
18 100 Broken Windows 7.97
19 Tago Mago 7.92
20 Turn On The Bright Lights 7.91
21 The Blue Album 7.71
22 Siamese Dream 7.64
23 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 7.54
24 Is This It 7.40
25 1989 6.80
26 Definitely Maybe 5.90

This week is one of my ATD albums: Songs: Ohia - Didn’t It Rain. Be nice


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Best track:

  • Didn’t It Rain
  • Steve Albini’s Blues
  • Ring The Bell
  • Cross The Road, Molina
  • Blue Factory Flame
  • Two Blue Lights
  • Blue Chicago Moon

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Heard of the band, never heard the album.


Never heard of it. Will check it out.

Next week’s album. Thanks to @BobRickerton for the suggestion for #5:

  • Björk - Homogenic
  • Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
  • The Breeders - Last Splash
  • Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
  • Various - NOW That’s What I Call Dad Rock

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Oh it’s Jason Molina? Eight Gates was in my top 10 of last year so hopefully I’ll like this as much


Oh that’s a tough choice I’d be happy with any of those

Yeah, I don’t expect this to be a 500 reply thread but it’s my birthday this week and this is my present to myself so please indulge me. I know there’s a few fans on here because Jason Molina has been requested for a HGATR several times so let’s see how this goes


only know Magnolia Electric Co. will check this one out.


Happy birthday!



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my friend is trying to adopt a birthday month and it might be the last time I ever speak to them


This is an absolutely beautiful album which, without overstatement, has definitely helped me through some difficult times in my life.

I’ll type a longer response later this week, but for now I’m voting a 10 and I’ll just leave it with this comment. On this album, Jason Molina had an incredible skill to mix these deceptively simple chord arrangements (Ring the Bell is only two chords FFS) and sparse instrumentation with devastating, analytical, poetic lyrics. When he’s singing, I genuinely feel like he’s speaking to me, and the things he’s singing out (depression, mostly) are perfectly rendered.

On Ring the Bell, when he sings:

“Help does not
Just walk up to you
I could’ve told you that
I’m not an idiot”

That’s the perfect encapsulation of the album: honest, disarming, heartbreaking.


Brilliant album too, but very, very different. Magnolia Electric Co. is very much a rock album, but this is largely sparse and acoustic.


Only started listening to Molina last year, this is easily my favourite of his records, absolute 10/10 from me

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An absolute all timer for me. Probably my favourite Jason Molina record, though I change my mind on that regularly. It’s so sparse and ragged yet oddly focussed and it captures something starkly beautiful in rust belt America. It’s reductive to call it an album about depression but if it is then it’s probably the best album about depression ever recorded. And that’s a crowded field.

I wrote something about Ring the Bell on a long dormant blog that I’m gonna indulge myself and post here:



DIR and MEC are as easy 10s as they come for me.


10/10 along with Magnolia Electric Co. The tone is just amazing. Sounds like you’re inches away from the guitar. Find with a lot of this kind of thing I prefer hearing it raw but the demos don’t sound anywhere near as good as the finished album.

There was an amazing piece on old DiS about it.

Here’s me playing a song from it;


Interesting to know, I’ve never heard any Molina outside of that album but have been meaning to

I love Magnolia apart from the track with the country singer. I grew up with my dad playing Garth Brooks in the car all the time and it just sends me right back to that.

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