Dan Mangan – “Rows of Houses”

Dan Mangan
Vancouver’s golden boy Dan Mangan released Oh Fortune last week, and this third album is by far his best work. And while I wish the album’s next single (after the title track) was its obvious standout, “About as Helpful as You Can Be Without Being Any Help at All,” we’ll have to settle with a video for the also-stellar “Rows of Houses” instead.

This one is louder than anything he’s done before, with heavily distorted guitars and pounding drums. If this was the first song you heard by Dan, you’d probably assume he was a Constantines-loving rocker. The best bit comes during the wordless gang vocal breaks, when Dan’s throaty roar cuts through the mix as the song transitions back into the verse.

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