I guess there are bands that are still trying to do the retro rock thing. Mando Diao does just that with their â€œOde To Ochrasyâ€. This is the bandâ€™s third alum, and it shows that the act has had considerable time to go and polish their sound. While â€œWelcome Home, Luc Roitailleâ€ is a solid track in itsâ€™ own right, the act brings forth more than a small share of rockabilly and ska music into â€œKiller Kaczynskiâ€. This makes the track into the bandâ€™s first single, and while they are not trying to be like the Nekromantix, one can hear the same spastic energy present in both bands.
The band moves into a Franz Ferdinand type of sound during â€œLong Before Rockâ€™nâ€™Rollâ€. The angularity that Franz Ferdinand thrives off of has been modified by Mando Diao into a smoothed-out, intelligent set of arrangements. The number of fresh styles, instrumental sounds, and differing vocal outputs during â€œOde To Ochrasyâ€ make this an album that will be the sleeper hit of the summer. The sly vocals that are such a major point to â€œThe Wildfireâ€ link themselves well to Rufus Wainwright along with the pop stars of the seventies. The orchestration present during â€œThe Wildfireâ€ does not slack, either; it builds and bubbles up to the point where it threatens to engulf the lead singer. Luckily, the vocals strain a slight bit more and Mando Diao has yet another hit on their hands with â€œThe Wildfireâ€.
While there is not too much new with â€œYou Donâ€™t Understand Meâ€, the smooth vocals and jangly guitars make this into another instant classic. Even when a track could conceivably be considered a placekeeper track, the band works their magic. The opening to â€œTony Zouliasâ€ (what is up with all of these tracks named after individuals?) starts with a piano roll that has not been heard up to this point. The punk-like energy of the track can be compared to that present on â€œKiller Kaczynskiâ€, but there is a harmony that seems to draw a little bit from the psychedelic style of the seventies. While I was not very familiar with Mando Diao before picking up â€œOde To Ochrasyâ€, the ability of the band shines through as clear as day. Any one of the 14 cuts on this album could have life as a single; check out Mando Diao at your first convenience.
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