Let's Fly a Kite - Eleni Mandell
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  • Summary: The ninth release for the Los Angeles singer-songwriter was produced by Neil Brockbank.
  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 3, 2014
    {The album] bears many of the assured and lyrically deft hallmarks of Basher's own work. [Mar 2014, p.79]
  2. 80
    It’s an immaculately produced gem and there’s nothing currently out there like it.
  3. Feb 3, 2014
    There is an overall sense of it being the right album at the right time for Mandell which is something that doesn't happen very often in an artist's career.
  4. Feb 3, 2014
    It captures an aura of domestic bliss through songs that are unfailingly effervescent and jazz infused to the max.
  5. Apr 23, 2014
    If there's a touch too much retrospective pastiche, there's also wit and mellifluousness. [May 2014, p.115]
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  1. Feb 7, 2014
    Let's Fly a Kite is bright, happy jazzy-influenced folk pop straight outta 50+ years ago. There are stumbles in consistency of the songwriting, but the energetic, varied musical performances and Mandell's romantic vocals and lyrics make this an album that, for me, never gets stale or boring. The production here is spot on as well - its Joe Chiccareli (The Strokes, The White Stripes) and he proves himself great at producing that endearing, minimally affected sound I've grown fond of in a time when producers seem to think that a song isn't good if it doesn't have enough reverb or haze. I'm going to give this album a 75/100 because of the drop in quality near the middle and because, while I enjoy it greatly, most of the songwriting is nothing you haven't heard before. Not exactly original, but very refreshing.


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