Nice, Nice, Very Nice (Review “Reposted”)


Here is part four of a ten part on reviewing the 2010 Polaris Music Prize shortlist nominees.
This time it is Dan Mangan‘s Nice, Nice, Very Nice. (Original review of the album.)

Its one of those sophomore albums you didn’t know would be out so soon.
I went to the local music shop and noticed this album cover of a sillouette of the Queen and I didn’t know it was singer/songwriter Dan Mangan.
His second album is called Nice, Nice, Very Nice which is from a title by Kurt Vonnegut.

I haven’t seen him live yet but I did meet him in person when he was at the Mercury Lounge where he played with Said The Whale.
I happened to be at other show which was Hollerado and The Stills at Zaphod Beeblebrox.

Onto the album, I find it has more a bigger production sound than his last album Postcards and Daydreaming.
Three songs from Roboteering EP made it in this album.
There is alot of instrumentation than the guitar and drums.
There is a violin, trumpets, piano and synths.
More emotion when he sings and very intimate.
There is still the Dan sound from his first album in the song Set The Sails
He is like the Canadian version of Damien Rice or David Gray.
Amazing sophomore album and you should get it.

On Polaris: There is a 90% chance that he might win it.
On Artistic merit, it is a well written and performed album. There is alot of emotion to the songs he sings, one being Basket which is dedicated to his grandfather(?).
The only reason he may not win is that he is up with alot of great acts one being Shad. I think some people might be tired with the whole single white male artist winning the prize.
Already he won the XM Award, getting picked up from Arts & Crafts for the USA markets and is already doing well all across Canada.
But still a talented musician. If he wins, he would be the first British Columbian artist to pick up the prize. (If I am correct?)

Favorite tracks:

  • Road Regrets
  • Robots
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  • The Indie Queens Are Waiting
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  • Fair Verona
  • You Silly Git/Tina’s Glorious Comeback (Listen to both together)
  • Baskets (My favorite on that album)
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  • Set The Sails

If I rate this, it would be 10/10
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