Day: March 5, 2009

Album review: Eleni Mandell – Artificial Fire

Album review: Eleni Mandell – Artificial Fire

Music
Listening to most of Los Angeles-based pop chanteuse Eleni Mandell's recorded output brings to mind a smoke-filled club full of broken-hearted hipsters on a lonely Wednesday night (for those clubs where you can still smoke anyway).   But after spending years perfecting the role of lovelorn torch singer, Mandell released Miracle of Five in 2007.  Its comparatively spartan, acoustic guitar-driven sound was a departure for the singer, and the album finally brought her some much-deserved critical attention. Mandell moves even further from her roots, albeit in a different direction, with her latest effort, Artificial Fire.  Gone is the sultry film noir atmosphere, and in its place is a much more mainstream effort (although there are still plenty of tales of failed romance).  That's not to sa