Don’t be misled by the title track or the one that complies with it (“God Is Love”) off of Eleni Mandell’s newest album. Ms. Mandell is not a pop star. however she can do a damn great perception of one. In fact, “Artificial Fire,” descends slowly, beginning with the funkiest, many optimistic track, as well as slowly, practically imperceptibly, ending up being progressively experimental. Comparisons to contemporaries are inevitable. Does she noise a bit like LilyAllenKateNashReginaSpektorEtc.? Yes. particularly on tunes like “Tiny Waist.” The hipster-girl noise that, in my view, derives from the likes of Tori Amos as well as throwing Muses, is pervasive in just about every new female singer-songwriter who doesn’t try to noise like Avril or Kelly C. however Ms. Mandell has sufficient skill as a musician that she doesn’t requirement to depend on her attractive voice or agile wordplay (though she’s got much more than sufficient of both). On tunes like “Personal,” she proves that she can compose both melody as well as riff—and it’s a string-section riff, no less—to produce a catchy, moving, and, yes, personal hit song.
Mandell much more than sufficient of an original sound, as well as her lyrics aren’t snide, aggressive, or cynical, that she rises to the top of the currently plentiful crop. In turns witty, moving, bouncy, as well as provocative, “Artificial Fire” is a can’t-miss record that gets my greatest recommendation.
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