Dan Mangan - Oh Fortune 12"
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Oh Fortune is the Juno Award-winning third album by Canadian singer-songwriter Dan Mangan, released in September, 2011 on the Arts & Crafts label. The album debuted on the Billboard Canadian Albums Chart in October, 2011, at number nine. The album is the follow-up to 2009's Nice, Nice, Very Nice, which was short-listed for the Polaris Prize. In contrast to its predecessor's sparse acoustic guitar, Oh Fortune relies more often on fuller orchestral arrangements, described by Now Magazine's Carla Gillis as "expansive, epic orchestral indie rock". It has also been described as having a darker emotional and lyrical tone, comparable to its namesake poem "O Fortuna", without becoming too grim. David Berry of the National Post describes the album's theme as "a kind of bald appraisal of the situation that packs it full of so much more — meaning, weight, beauty, humour — than your typical singer-songwriter’s over-emotive pigeonholing"