Oh Fortune, the third album by Vancouver artist Dan Mangan, is an artistically mature, sonically detailed and generally beautiful collection of music.
His first studio album, Postcards and Daydreaming (2007), showed obvious potential, despite the fairly generic acoustic-folk sound. With his 2009 release Nice, Nice, Very Nice, Mangan began expanding his radius of creativity, introducing a more varied style to his songwriting and more expression to his lyrics. It gained critical acclaim, received heavy rotation on Canadian radio, and was shortlisted for last year’s Polaris Prize. Though it may be lacking in infectious sing-alongs like the 2009 single “Robots,” Oh Fortune is Dan Mangan’s most ambitious and inspired album to date. Continue reading