I Can See the Future

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Far removed from the bluesy and jazzy, angular, noir-filled haze that hovered over much of 2009''s Artificial Fire, 2012''s I Can See the Future finds the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter grappling with the speed of life with a newfound grace and sensitivity. Flush with the overwhelming joy of motherhood and tempered by the gut punch of being newly single, I Can See the Future feels like a love letter to both, and Mandell, whose hushed and measured delivery has always hinted at the darker of the two forks in the road, sounds remarkably content. Lush, cinematic, and languid, songs like "The Future," with its angelic, Brian Eno-esque synth work, and the Roy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Far removed from the bluesy and jazzy, angular, noir-filled haze that hovered over much of 2009''s Artificial Fire, 2012''s I Can See the Future finds the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter grappling with the speed of life with a newfound grace and sensitivity. Flush with the overwhelming joy of motherhood and tempered by the gut punch of being newly single, I Can See the Future feels like a love letter to both, and Mandell, whose hushed and measured delivery has always hinted at the darker of the two forks in the road, sounds remarkably content. Lush, cinematic, and languid, songs like "The Future," with its angelic, Brian Eno-esque synth work, and the Roy Orbison-inspired "Don''t Say No" feel like late-afternoon, dead-of-summer hymns, while bouncier numbers like "Who You Gonna Dance With" and the warm and wonderful single "Magic Summertime" find their inspiration in classic Motown, soul, and Brill Building pop, layering sultry grooves with waves of fluttery organ and laid-back horns, sounding for all the world like they were unearthed from a lost Carly Simon or Dusty Springfield session. That said, for all of her torch singer sensibilities, Mandell''s voice never rises above conversation level, resulting in a cool and collected vibe that permeates each and every track. Immaculately produced and performed, I Can See the Future is chock-full of breezy, likable retro-pop that''s made for people who like their nostalgia delivered through the wonders of modern fidelity, and while it may put off, at first, those with a predilection for Mandell''s darker side, it won''t take but a spin or two make them see the light.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2012
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457227828
  • Catalog Number: 2278
  • Sales rank: 107,434

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Future (3:20)
  2. 2 Magic Summertime (4:49)
  3. 3 Now We're Strangers (2:34)
  4. 4 I'm Lucky (4:35)
  5. 5 Desert Song (3:35)
  6. 6 Who You Gonna Dance With (3:01)
  7. 7 Never Have to Fall in Love Again - Benji Hughes (4:00)
  8. 8 Crooked Man (3:28)
  9. 9 Bun in the Oven (4:00)
  10. 10 So Easy (3:35)
  11. 11 Looking to Look For (3:25)
  12. 12 Don't Say No (4:40)
  13. 13 A Possibility (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eleni Mandell Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Berlin Saxophone
Mark Robertson Violin
Joey Waronker Drums
Mike Daly Acoustic Guitar
Woody Jackson Electric Guitar
Inara George Background Vocals
David Mergen Cello
Zac Rae Bass, Keyboards
James King Saxophone
Becky Stark Background Vocals
Ryan Feves Electric Bass, Upright Bass
April Cap English Horn, Oboe
Benji Hughes Background Vocals
Alex Lilly Background Vocals
Maia Jasper Violin
Luke Maurer Viola
Nathaniel Walcott Trumpet
Jeremy Drake Electric Guitar
Penelope Fortier Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Chiccarelli Producer
Eleni Mandell Composer
Sheldon Gomberg Vocal Producer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Joe LaPorta Mastering
Nathaniel Walcott Arranger
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