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The 10 Best Americana Albums of 2007

If 2007 didn't invite any gripping controversies, it was certainly filled with competitive comparisons -- between young and old, past and present, and among splintered factions -- and both surprising hits and disappointing misses. All in all, a dynamic and at times resurgent year for the broad scope of Americana.

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Magnolia Electric Co.: Sojourner

Four discs of lost and found material from the workingman's workingman, Jason Molina, constitute a celebration of his band's work better than any best-of retrospective could hope to.

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Magnolia Electric Co.: Fading Trails

Good songs culled from four different sessions for four different albums makes Magnolia's latest scatterbrained and unsatisfying.

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Magnolia Electric Co.: Hard to Love a Man EP

Jason Molina and company show that they still have energy to spare.

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Magnolia Electric Co.: What Comes After the Blues

Magnolia Electric Co.'s studio debut is humbler and quieter, but (never fear!) as yearning and high-lonesome as ever.

Michael Metivier
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Magnolia Electric Co.: Trials & Errors

Jason Molina & Co. flex their muscles in Brussels on this live set recorded in 2003. To quote a quote: 'Tonight's the night, yes it is'.

Michael Metivier
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