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Eleni Mandell 

Artificial Fire (Zedtone)

Los Angeles-based singer Eleni Mandell sings of a night in Montreal in the opening and title track, "Artificial Fire," and released this album, her seventh full-length, on Toronto label, Zedtone. The title track is one of the album's best, for the rhythmic strum of Jeremy Drake's guitar part as much as anything else. He works much magic on the album. It's a wonder Mandell isn't given more love on both sides of the border. Is it the sense of mystery---the noirish mood---she likes to shroud her songs in, singing so coolly all the time? Perhaps. But on "It wasn't the time (it was the color)," the singer opens her heart and that works wonders, too.

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