Artificial Fire

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
One word that is seldom, if ever, used in connection with Eleni Mandell is "belter." The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter has generally favored a subtle, understated, hushed vocal style; Mandell's vocals are a whisper, not a shout or a scream. But Mandell's subtlety doesn't mean that her performances and songs are lightweight or lack substance; emotionally, Artificial Fire has a lot going on. This 2009 release is a fine addition to her catalog, although it isn't an album that goes for immediacy. Mandell, for the most part, is so restrained in her approach that one who isn't familiar with her work could allow Artificial Fire to quietly fade into the background if the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
One word that is seldom, if ever, used in connection with Eleni Mandell is "belter." The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter has generally favored a subtle, understated, hushed vocal style; Mandell's vocals are a whisper, not a shout or a scream. But Mandell's subtlety doesn't mean that her performances and songs are lightweight or lack substance; emotionally, Artificial Fire has a lot going on. This 2009 release is a fine addition to her catalog, although it isn't an album that goes for immediacy. Mandell, for the most part, is so restrained in her approach that one who isn't familiar with her work could allow Artificial Fire to quietly fade into the background if the volume isn't turned up; again, she isn't going to beat listeners over the head in order to get their attention. But relegating Artificial Fire to mere background music does the listener a huge disservice, and those who are paying close attention will realize just how substantial tracks like "Needle and Thread," "Little Foot," "Tiny Waste," and "In the Doorway" are. A singer doesn't have to belt in order to be expressive -- Chet Baker, June Christy, Helen Merrill, and other members of jazz' Cool School made that abundantly clear back in the 1950s -- and Mandell is definitely expressive whether she is combining alternative pop
ock with jazz, cabaret, or folk. Of course, those who sang the praises of Mandell's previous albums never doubted for a minute that she was an artist of substance and depth. But if one needs a reminder, the rewarding Artificial Fire does the trick nicely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2009
  • Label: Zedtone
  • UPC: 775020926318
  • Catalog Number: 6
  • Sales rank: 265,213

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Artificial Fire (3:11)
  2. 2 God Is Love (4:42)
  3. 3 Right Side (4:13)
  4. 4 Personal (2:52)
  5. 5 Tiny Waist (4:45)
  6. 6 It Wasn't the Time (It Was the Color) (3:14)
  7. 7 Bigger Burn (3:01)
  8. 8 Little Foot (2:16)
  9. 9 Don't Let It Happen (4:06)
  10. 10 In the Doorway (4:48)
  11. 11 Needle and Thread (3:30)
  12. 12 Front Door (2:57)
  13. 13 I Love Planet Earth (5:09)
  14. 14 Two Faces (4:58)
  15. 15 Cracked (2:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eleni Mandell Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
D.J. Bonebrake Vibes
Harry Trumfio Shaker, finger cymbals
Inara George Background Vocals
Charlie Wadhams Background Vocals
Jeremy Drake Electric Guitar, Melodica
Jason Borger Keyboards
Robert Anderson Violin
Jessica Catron Cello
Ryan Feves Bass
Natalie Brejcha Viola
Jeremy Drake Electric Guitar
Robert Anderson Violin
Danny T. Levin Horn
Kevin Fitzgerald Drums
Technical Credits
David Trumfio Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Mark Chalecki Mastering
Eleni Mandell Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Sheldon Gomberg Engineer
Pierre de Reeder Engineer
Jeremy Drake Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Jason Gossman Engineer
Ryan Feves Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Jeremy Drake Arranger, Audio Production
Kevin Fitzgerald Arranger, Audio Production
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