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Oh, Fortune [Digipak]

  • 1. About as Helpful as You Can Get Without Being Any Help at All
    2. How Darwinian
    3. Post-War Blues
    4. If I Am Dead
    5. Daffodil
    6. Starts with Them, Ends with Us
    7. Oh Fortune
    8. Leaves, Trees, Forest
    9. Rows of Houses
    10. Regarding Death and Dying
    11. Jeopardy
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 062002

  • Credits
    ProducerColin Stewart; Dan Mangan
    EngineerColin Stewart; Dan Mangan

    Personnel: Dan Mangan (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, omnichord, percussion); Gordon Grdina (vocals, electric guitar); John Walsh (vocals, upright bass, electric bass); Kenton Loewen (vocals, drums, percussion); Colin Cowan, Lisa Bozikovic, Kirsten Slenning (vocals); Jesse Zubot (violin); Eyvind Kang (viola); Peggy Lee (cello); Tony Nickels (flute, alto flute, English horn); A.K. Coope (clarinet, bass clarinet); Christopher Kelly (saxophone); JP Carter (trumpet); Josiah Boothby (French horn); Rod Murray (trombone); Tyson Naylor (Fender Rhodes piano, Farfisa).
    Audio Mixer: Colin Stewart.
    Recording information: National Park Studio (2010-2011); The Armoury (2010-2011); Vancouver, BC, Canada (2010-2011).
    Arrangers: Gordon Grdina; John Walsh ; Kenton Loewen.
    After keeping things fairly stripped-down on Nice, Nice, Very Nice, Dan Mangan takes a fuller approach to this 2011 follow-up, which widens the playing field with orchestral arrangements (courtesy of Eyvind Kang, who brought a similar sonic sweep to the Decemberists' Crane Wife) and an imaginative backup band. Oh, Fortune is still an indie folk album at heart, with Mangan's acoustic guitar and baritone voice giving every song its most basic foundation, but it's also the most ornate thing he's ever done, often sounding more like the Swell Season's lush pop than Bon Iver's sparse Americana. The album starts with a waltz and ends with a two-minute horn solo, and the stuff in between is similarly eclectic, from the indie rock wallop of "Post-War Blues" to the hazy, almost psychedelic folk-pop of "Leaves, Trees, Forest." "Rows of Houses," with its distorted guitar riffs and gang vocals, even borders on arena rock. Most of the songs have at least one moment where the band drops back, though, leaving Mangan alone in the spotlight for several moments before his backup players come rushing back in. It's a clever move, a reminder that at the end of the day, this is still a Dan Mangan solo album. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'How Darwinian' and 'Leaves, Trees, Forest' offer the nostalgic elegance that Richard Hawley and Ed Harcourt aspire to..."
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