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Once a mere fresh faced folk singer from Vancouver, Canada, Dan Mangan now stands at the world’s doorstep. The evolution of Mangan’s music is instinctively in line with its breadth and sincerity. As his art has developed, so has the story behind its constant and exponential proliferation.

The proof is in the countless European jaunts. U.S. tours with The Walkmen, Decemberists ... Read more in Amazon's Dan Mangan Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Arts & Crafts
  • ASIN: B005H1SEDC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Product Description

BBC Review

Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan has an impressive CV – he’s toured with the likes of The Decemberists and Okkervil River; his second album, Nice, Nice, Very Nice, was nominated for the Polaris Prize; and he’s graced festival stages as prestigious as those found at Glastonbury and, stateside, Sasquatch. But this hard work, particularly domestically, is yet to translate into widespread recognition on these shores. Oh Fortune, arriving too late in the year to make the annual best-of lists, is unlikely to change that standing; but this is a delightful collection which could become a late-2011 favourite amongst fans of Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and even Mumford & Sons.

His third album presents a fuller sound than its predecessor, Mangan – a beardy 28-year-old with eyes that could tell a thousand tales without him so much as opening his mouth – now confident to let his voice tear away from the alt-folk crowd that he was once a part of. Instead, he leads rallying calls on tracks such as Post War Blues – a close cousin of Mumford’s more boot-stomping fare – and the title-track, which rides gentle Americana undercurrents to a state of completion that could, in a parallel world where quality genuinely equals success, have whole venues singing along to its dipping and soaring vocals. Of the gentler cuts, which do still dominate, Leaves, Trees, Forest is a particular highlight, gorgeous harmonies drifting behind simple but catchy acoustic motifs. Here, Mangan reins in his voice, speaking rather than singing for the most part. Chamber-pop-styled opener About as Helpful as You Can Be Without Being Any Help at All has an air of The Delgados about it – if the Scottish indie legends had developed a penchant for simmering shanties after a Buckfast session too many.

It’s the quiet ones you’ve got to look for, so they say – whoever ‘they’ actually are – and by releasing Oh Fortune in the UK now, some months after it emerged in the US and Canada, has ensured its voice will hardly be heard by music writers and mainstream listeners alike. But it’s a set that does reward investigation, perhaps not with lasting love but certainly first-few-plays impressions which will last into the New Year. If your albums of 2011 have been those by any aforementioned parallels, pick this up to chase away the winter chills.

--Mike Diver

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By drpeter on 23 Feb 2013
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This guy has fought his way up and is now enjoying the fruits of his labour. Listen and find out why.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Giulia on 29 Dec 2011
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Another wee gem from a beautifully talented man. Oh fortune is one of those records that lets you take each song one at a time while still stringing them all together into a endless pool of goodness! I would highly recommend it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A.Ward on 12 Oct 2011
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We saw Dan Mangan play at a beachside 'gathering' in Vancouver and were impressed. Like most 'live' entertainment the atmosphere generates and determines your likings. Listening to a couple of older albums bought previously it took me a while to into them. I used to have a regular 2 hour drive and would often pop the CD into the player. Finally, loved the CDs!

Had high hopes of this album and on first play found it dirgy. Playing in the car I've grown to like the album as a 'listen to' CD. The music is not especially strong. About 3 tracks - for me - stand out with something a little special in the musical content (I'm less bothered about any deep and meaningful words, or worshipful sleeve notes). For me, first it's the music, next comes who's playing on the CD, who wrote the songs and where was it recorded?

In a sense Dan reminds me a little of Glen Hansard, the Irish songster. Kind of folksy, kind of breaking into rock, kind of nice to listen to, kind of - as yet - undiscovered. At the moment Glen is ahead.

But Dan is worth discovering and if you get the chance to see him then go for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4 1/2 Stars, Deserves a Bigger Profile 24 Dec 2011
By spartucusjones - Published on Amazon.com
This is an exceptional album on so many levels. It didn't necessary make the same emotional connection to me as the previous two albums, but you could see the maturation and progression musically. This is definitely his most varied (and even accessible) album from a musical standpoint. It is refreshing to see that he is not allowing himself to be confined by the constraints of the label "singer-songwriter". Along with this being a more textured album from a musical and sonic viewpoint, it also posses many of Mangan's considerable gifts. He is an insightful, articulate & witty lyricist. His voice also continues to be a powerful emotive instrument. This album is not only worth your attention, but Mangan also deserves a bigger profile (outside of fans of CBC Radio 3). Hopefully this album helps him to continue to do so.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great find 21 May 2012
By Kurt R. - Published on Amazon.com
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Unique and soulful music. Dan's voice is rich and strong and it brings his thoughtful and witty lyrics to life. I especially enjoy the varied orchestration. Nothing is overpowering but the variety of instruments and stylistic choices for each track keeps his music interesting and fresh listen after listen. Definitely one of my favorite artists.
I LOVE this CD and so do my kids. 4 Feb 2013
By Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had heard a few singles on my satellite radio and took a chance on the rest of the CD. It is now a staple in my car and my kids even love it. I highly recommend it.
Soulful, experimental, folky, amazing 27 Oct 2012
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Heard about this guy initially from his concert on NPR's all songs considered -- (worth a search) - his combination of folk inspired music with horns, his gruff voice, and his combination of fun, "stompy" music and serious atmospheric folk make this one worth listening to over and over.

Check it out (and his last two as well) - you won't be disappointed.
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