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Eleni Mandell: Artificial Fire

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Eleni Mandell: <em>Artificial Fire</em>
Mandell under the radar no moreLos Angeles hipster and Tom Waits acolyte Eleni Mandell has been writing and singing sultry pop-noir songs for almost a decade now, but it wasn't until 2007's stark, brooding Miracle of Fivethat she started to receive the acclaim she deserves That album ended up on several year-end Best Of lists, including Paste's. Her follow-up, Artificial Fire, should ensure that the radar is firmly fixed on her music for a long time to come—this big, bright blip on the screen is the best pop album I've heard in months.