Album Review: Dan Mangan - 'Oh Fortune'
Packed with grandiose harmonies and orchestral touches
7 / 10
If you were ever a fan of Johnny Flynn
’s folk-indebted baritone swoons but wished he’d just, like, cheer the hell up a bit, then ‘Oh Fortune
’ is here to brighten the melancholic corners and then some. Between Mangan’s quavering vocal and way with a rabble-rouser lies a touch of the Mumfords – but don’t go running just yet. Packed with grandiose Grizzly Bear
harmonies (highlight ‘Row Of Houses
’) and slow-building, orchestral touches (‘How Darwinian
’), ‘Oh Fortune
’ spans a wider spectrum than its folky core might imply, adding grandeur and a refreshing, cerebral spin to proceedings.