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  • Audio CD (8 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Productions Uk Ltd
  • ASIN: B000NTPDVY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Welcome Home Luc Robitaille
2. Killer Kaczynski
3. Long Before Rock `n' Roll
4. The Wildfire
5. You Don't Understand Me
6. Tony Zoulias
7. Amsterdam
8. TV & Me
9. Josephine
10. The New Boy
11. Morning Paper Dirt
12. Good Morning, Herr Horst
13. Song For Aberdeen
14. Ochrasy
15. San Francisco Bay
16. With Or Without Love
17. Moonshine Fever
18. Chet Baker

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You'll surely be forgiven the faux pas of hearing hints of the Libertines in the twin-guitar, twin-vocal attack of Sweden's Mando Diao. They have the mannerisms, the loose raucousness, and the intense focus on melody that marks the combined work of Pete Doherty and Carl Barat--except Mando roughs it up without antagonism, under control but with a blast of hefty motion. Ode to Ochrasy is an on-tour album, documenting the band's 18 months on the road chasing the brilliant Hurricane Bar to every venue imaginable. Here they sound accustomed to the road chaos, taming it with jerking rhythms and chiming guitar interludes, not to mention ample character-driven lyrics where freaks and oddball clubgoers show up. They get barked-at and battered as the band throws two-part harmonies against the stuff of latter-day post-punks: a boozy blast, a smoky-room churn, a downright killer assemblage of riffs and roar. --Andrew Bartlett

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura Smith VINE VOICE on 2 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you're already familiar with Mando Diao, you'll have some idea of what to expect. Catchy riffs, rockin' songs.... The combination of Gustaf's primal scream and Bjorn's soulful blues tones are what have always made this band's records so special, and this album is no exception. From the 'jump up and dance' tunes like Killer Kaczynski and Long before Rock'n'Roll, to the beauty of slow songs like Josephine and Ochrasy, this album is like a bag of Revels, except it only contains the flavours you like! mmmmmm....... Buy it now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Boudica on 29 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
This being Mando Diao's third album it should come as no surprise that it's exceptionally good - everyone who knows this band would expect that! (And everyone who doesn't: believe me, it is.) Nonetheless I was knocked off my feet when I first listened to it full length: Although of the same excellent quality as their previous records Ode to Ochrasy shows a surprising new side of Mando Diao. For the first time I had the impression of not just listening to really good music but of being swept off into a whole different world - to Ochrasy. Listening to this record for me is like going on a strange journey to this place and meeting some of its residents, half-real characters such as Tony Zoulias, Josephine, Herr Horst and many more... It's quite an experience!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on 12 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
Kicking off this 17-track album is `Welcome Home', with its party-starting lead-off and singer Bjorn Dixgard's harmonic pitched vocals easing/blasting through the speakers. It's when the second track on the album `Killer Kaczynski' starts the realisation hits that you're in for something special. By the halfway mark, with the sublime "Josephine", and the indie classic `Song For Aberdeen', you're hooked and can't wait to see them knock these tunes out live. When the last track `Chet Baker' is finished and Bjorn has sung his last verse, it's time to reach for the play button again!

This time around the album charts the band's touring experiences, covering the many oddballs, freaks and devotees who turn up to see them play, as well as the many joys, hazards and frustrations of touring a hit album. The moniker "Ochrasy" is one invented by the band to describe the hazy hours between the end of a Mando Diao show and the dawn of the next day.

This may not be their masterpiece, although with so many classic indie rock anthems they have definitely left their mark on the history of music for generations to come. It's easy to forgive the faux pas of hints of the Libertines with Mando Diao's twin-guitar, twin vocals set-up. Yet unlike their contemporaries they have a real diversity of tunes, from pure indie rock, through chill-out soul to undiluted pop, displaying an appeal for a broader audience. There's every indication that Mando Diao are here to stay, and will get stronger and bigger with every album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marshee on 19 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album mixes the rawness of Mando Diao's debut album, and the catchy style of the tunes on Hurricane Bar to create a masterpiece.

Each song on the album is about a character the band have met while on tour, or a famous personality ranging from Canadian Ice-Hockey players to a drug addicted girl. The songs convey the personalities of the characters very well through the lyrics and tunes to such an extent that you want to know more and are disappointed when the song ends. This is most noticeable in Josephine or Good Morning, Herr Horst when the song describes the person in such detail and then ends, leaving you wanting to know more about them, or what happened, which is something very unusual in music. It's not often you get left hanging in a song in the way you do when you watch the end of the original Italian Job.

The songs are catchy and mostly fast paced, though The New Boy and Ochrasy are a nice contrast with sweet melodies and a slow ballad style. Each song has a slightly different musical influence to sccentuate the characters of the songs like Good Morning, Herr Horst has a slightly western feel and Amsterdam has a dreamy, deep, very dark tune.

I recommend the following songs:

Tony Zoulias (Lustful Life), The New Boy, Amsterdam, Killer Kaczynski and Josephine

The album is then all brought together at the end by Ochrasy, a catchy semi-acoustic song explainging what Ochrasy is: A state of mind when very tired in the early hours of the morning where everything is safe and well away from the chaos and problems of all the characters mentioned in the album, which is a very nice way to tie up this very unique album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marshee on 24 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album mixs the rawness of Birng 'em In and the fantastic tunes of Hurricane Bar to be Mando Diaos best album to date. It is rock 'n' roll back on top form with fast and furious tunes well balanced by some sweet slow songs to be an album you can listen to whatever your mood. The songs, which are all inspired by people the band have met or have heard about are easy to realate to and there is probably a song on there which can describe most people in the world.
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