NICE, NICE, VERY NICE
Dan Mangan is a Vancouver artist in his mid-20s, with Nice, Nice, Very Nice being his sophomore effort, rolling out more than three years after his debut Postcards and Daydreaming.
Frankly, I'd have hoped for more from an album nearly four years in the making.
Mangan does soft, indie pop, so admittedly you don't expect a lot from the genre, and I suppose in that respect he achieves what one might expect; mediocrity.
There are 12 cuts here, and not a one is memorable enough to even spark an ember of interest in spinning this CD ever again once this review is complete. It has a generic sound, with neither the lyrics, the music or the voice grabbing interest.
Sometimes CDs simply misfire. Things don't mesh to make the effort a good listen. This is one of those CDs. It's like there is a gear blown in the transmission which prevents Mangan from ever getting to the next level.
Maybe the next CD will be better. The old adage of a sophomore jinx certainly applies here, so maybe the one about the third time being a charm will too. We can only hope.
You can check it out at www.danmanganmusic.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Sept. 30, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada