Oh, Fortune

Oh, Fortune

by Dan Mangan


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Oh, Fortune

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2011
Label: Arts & Crafts
UPC: 0827590620025
catalogNumber: 06200
Rank: 215299

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dan Mangan   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Noise,Omnichord
Colin Cowan   Vocals
Tony Nickels   Flute,Alto Flute,English Horn
Eyvind Kang   Viola
Jesse Zubot   Violin
Peggy Lee   Cello
Rod Murray   Trombone
Gordon Grdina   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Kenton Loewen   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Josiah Boothby   French Horn
JP Carter   Trumpet
A.K. Coope   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Tyson Naylor   Hammond Organ,farfisa organ,fender rhodes
John Walsh   Electric Bass,Vocals,Upright Bass
Lisa Bozikovic   Vocals
Christopher Kelly   Saxophone
Kirsten Slenning   Vocals

Technical Credits

Colin Stewart   Producer,Engineer
Eyvind Kang   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Ashod Simonian   Layout
Gordon Grdina   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Kenton Loewen   Arranger
Dan Mangan   Composer,Producer,Engineer
John Walsh   Arranger

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