Eleni Mandell: Artificial Fire

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Eleni Mandell: <em>Artificial Fire</em>

Mandell under the radar no more

Los 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&nbsp;Miracle of Fivethat she started to receive the acclaim she deserves.&nbsp;That album ended up on several year-end Best Of lists, including&nbsp;Paste's. Her follow-up,&nbsp;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.

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