08/02 Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
08/19 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
08/21 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
08/23 San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
08/24 Santa Barbara, CA @ Muddy Waters
08/25 Los Angeles, CA @ Mccabe's
10/11 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Eleni Mandell's latest album, I Can See the Future, came out last week, July 10th, via Yep Roc Records. I love her previous works (Thrill and Artificial Fire) …
In stark contrast, Eleni Mandell took the stage with nothing but a blue dress and her small guitar. The last time I saw Mandell at the Cedar, she had a full band.
Do I prefer a full backing band? There are pros and cons. The good part is that it's suddenly a conversation between Mandell and her fans. There's more flexibility and her set list was suddenly not set in stone.
The bad news? I honestly really miss the percussions. There's something to be said about a constant beat to keep on track to the song.
I did actually prefer to Mandell by herself, because it seems to me that it intimate and that really made her talk a lot more.
If you look over the set list, she did start off with "Moonglow, Lamp Low," and kept to the set list until my favorite double-wammy "Artificial Fire," followed by "Pauline." After that she did "Soul Truck" as a request, and back to the new album (I Can See The Future) with "Bun In The Oven" and "Magic Summertime."
I think she sensed that people probably want to hear their favorites and then took requests. There were twenty songs shouted out. She seems so thankful that people even knew her songs.
The last couple of songs she did were "Moment That You Had," "My Twin," and "I'm Lucky." Quickie encore included "Afternoon," and "Wings in His Eyes."
Eleni Mandell is currently wrapping up her solo one-woman tour for her latest album, I Can See The Future. Honestly, Mandell is one of the best lyrical songwriter today, you can't go wrong by checking her out live. You'll quickly see why her fans are a dedicated lot that knows all her songs.
Eleni Mandell at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (08/01/12)