With his current album, the debut of Matthew Collings, with which the musician had consistently renounced the 'pure' ambience of his former project Sketches For Albinos, is re-released once again.
It's a difficult album that dear Eleni Mandell presents to us here, because the listener can never really be sure what she really wants from him. Sometimes "Let's Fly A Kite" comes across as one of those swing standard cover albums that people like Robbie Williams or Rod Stewart like to produce. But a look at the credits reveals that all these pieces were written by Mrs. Mandell. She dressed them almost all in a traditional sounding, but fortunately not too dusty robe. She had already pursued this approach on the predecessor "I Can See The Future". Now she has, although not necessarily perfected it, at least intensified it. However, this only sounds convincing for people who like listening to Norah Jones or Katie Melua releases, even if Eleni Mandell is of course a little more subversive, for example when she brings a few socially critical lyrics into play. Still, it makes it increasingly difficult for people who don't like this kind of crooner pop.
Top track: The Man Who's Always Lost