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Mando Diao - Hurricane Bar


Review: Jack Foley

SWEDISH pop-rockers, Mando Diao, have plenty of confidence in their ability which translates well to their second album, Hurricane Bar.

A gutsy, melody-strewn collection of indie-based rock, the album is a lively and catchy re-introduction to the band, who may be big in their home country, but who have yet to make as big a splash as they might have hoped over here.

Headed by the prolific songwriting partnership of Gustaf Norén and
Björn Dixgård, the band wear their influences on their sleeves, with everyone from The Stone Roses and Oasis to The Beatles sampled at some point.

In truth, they're not as good as any of those bands but their music contains an infectious quality that's impossible to ignore once you've heard the album a few times.

Recent single, You Can't Steal My Love, for instance, is a typically high-octane yet melody-strewn blast of pop-rock that provokes comparisons with the guitar style of The Libertines.

While the deeply wistful Ringing Bells recalls memories of acoustic Oasis, with Noel Gallagher leading the vocals, on B-sides such as Talk Tonight and Half The World Away.

Traces of Sixties rock are rife throughout the hip-shaking guitar riffs of If I Leave You, while classic pop-rock sensibilities are also to be found in the melodic Dream Is Over.

Throughout the album, the guitars are to the fore, providing some exceptional hooks that help win you over in spite of initial scepticisms.

While in tracks such as the exceptional All My Senses, which contains a genuinely feelgood vibe, and the no-less enjoyable Annie's Angle, which contains a memorable chorus, the band is damn near impossible to resist.

Hurricane Bar therefore rates as a corking little pop-rock album that is just waiting to be discovered.

Track listing:
1. Cut the Rope
2. God Knows
3. Clean Town
4. Down in the Past
5. You Can’t Steal my Love
6. Added Family
7. Annie’s Angle
8. If I Leave You
9. Ringing Bells
10. This Dream is Over
11. White Wall
12. All My Senses
13. Kingdom & Glory
14. Next to be Lowered

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