Mando DiaoOde to Ochrasy
  • MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2007

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An early fan of Mando Diao since their Knitting Factory show several years ago, I’m still entertained by them. On the band’s third album, Ode To Ochrasy, producer Bjorn Olsson (formerly of Sountrack of our Lives) helps Mando Diao focus on the big picture instead of the narrowing details. The first track, "Welcome Home, Luc Robitaille," has a strong, soulful sound and meaningful lyrics. "Long Before Rock n’ Roll" reminds me of the days in college when you could dance all night long on a Wednesday night and not have to wake up until 2 pm. You’d wake up with smudged black makeup on your eyes and red lipstick on your pillow, with your clothes smelling like smoke. Those were the rock n’ roll days…

"TV and Me" reminds me of rainy late-night drives, heading home from the local train station back through the New England one-lane streets that wrap around steep mountains. Creepy, yet relaxing in an old black and white movie sorta way. Overall, the album is enjoyable for a sit-down dinner and dessert with friends, and a few are great to throw down on the dance floor. But nothing recorded can make up for Mando Diao’s live shows, filled with energy, sweat, and rock n’ roll. I can’t wait to see them live at SXSW. - Amylu Meneses

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