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Eight Gates

Jason Molina

Eight Gates

Posthumous release for the Ohio singer-songwriter recorded in 2008

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  1. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    An intimate and faintly epic wonder
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  2. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Molina’s close indie rock analogue, Elliott Smith, became more pop-minded with 2004’s posthumous From a Basement on the Hill; but Eight Gates feels like the beginning of a noted descent into a deeper, darker place
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Reminders of a great talent lost, and what might have been. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Short, spellbinding, almost painfully beautiful album. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It reinforces Molina as an artist rather than as someone overtaken by demons, as a flawed man rather than the myth he often made himself out to be. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Some elements here will be very familiar to Molina’s admirers – not least the exposed vulnerability of his vocal performances (Molina’s voice sits consistently at the forefront of the mix, a strategy that proves particularly overwhelming on Be Told The Truth)
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  7. 8.0 |   NME

    This posthumous release pays tribute to the late singer-songwriter's ability to craft a searing sense of melancholy from fractured imagery
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  8. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    The ten songs on Eight Gates from the late Jason Molina are fascinating, despite – or perhaps because of – their raw, unfinished feel
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  9. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Its brevity is beautiful and frustrating
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  10. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    The late songwriter recorded the unreleased Eight Gates in the ’00s. The posthumous version sounds by turns haunting and unfinished
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  11. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    While Eight Gates seems mostly germinal and is not the ideal introduction to Molina's work, fans will likely forgive the album's inchoateness and simply appreciate another dollop of the artist's distinct melancholia — nine tunes that underscore his attunement to suffering, inconsequence, and the brutality of the corporeal world
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