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Album Review

With Afternoon, L.A.-based jazz-pop chanteuse Eleni Mandell builds a soulful, seductive album around sparse accompaniment and straightforward song compositions. Her smoky voice attests to her spirit on "Can't You See I'm Soulful," in which she confronts a lover who treats her badly, as if she's "easy." "Treat me like I'm heavy," she insists, and Mandell does get heavy lyrically, like when she falls for the character in "American Boy." As she intones "Hands will come together, gloveless," it's equal parts sensuality and subtle sexuality. Ditto for the upbeat title cut, which finds her eager to assume the role of mistress, and although the retro-feeling tune is remarkably delivered, it gets bested by "Easy On Your Way Out." Here, the singer/songwriter gives her strongest vocal performance, as she passionately croons of a fair-weather boyfriend. Assisted by producer/multi-instrumentalist Joshua Grange, bassist Ryan Fees, and drummer Kevin Fitzgerald, Eleni Mandell goes deep into her heart on Afternoon, and it's a warm and elegant experience. ~ John D. Luerssen, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Buy this album! You will not regret it!

It's unbelievable that no one has rated this album. Eleni has rare talent. She sings jazzy tunes that are soulful and seductive. Download afternoon, county line, let's drive away, and American boy. The title of the album-- afternoon, fits because all the songs are perfect for a lazy summer day, or for a drive in the country. You will not regret this purchase.

Mmmmm! A completely rich and perfect album!!

Whooooa! This album is perfect! Certain artists nail the perfect album where every single song on the record is a delight... and this album is it. With Nirvana, it was the album "Nevermind." For Radiohead it was "In Rainbow". For Johnny Cash it was "Live From San Quentin." And for Eleni, it's "Afternoon". There is no record even remotely close to the tone of this album which is smokey, Soulful (my favorite song on the album), and a little desperate. It's hard to describe the genre, but it is somewhere between 40's jazz, lounge, and western pop. Actually, that's a terrible description of the tone because it is literally unclassifiablely brilliant. When I put this music on, it makes me drift off into a world of astounding imagery and soul searching. Her other records are strong, but this is the quintessential Eleni Mandell. Like any great work of art, it gets better upon repeated experience... instead of the other way around. By the way, major Kudos to the producer! The mix is fantastic. Thanks, Eleni. Kirk


Born: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Singing and writing in a style that fuses vintage barroom cool with a here-and-now intelligence and faintly ironic wit, Los Angeles hipster Eleni Mandell initiated her recording career with arty-cool albums packed with her smoky, noir-ish sketches. Mandell, who was a huge fan of L.A. punkers X and beatnik revivalist Tom Waits in her teens, was raised in the Sherman Oaks region of the San Fernando Valley, and began performing out during her years as a student at Berkeley. Soon after, she fell under...
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