Album Review: Dan Mangan - 'Oh Fortune'

Packed with grandiose harmonies and orchestral touches

  • Release Date 05 Dec, 2011
  • Producer Colin Stewart
  • Record Label City Slang
  • Fact The album debuted at No. 10 in Dan's homeland, Canada
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.

Lisa Wright

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