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Posted July 29, 2011
A Return to Childhood
Vanessa Carlton is a talented composer and accomplished pianist, as well as artful arranger. The bright and cheerful mood of this album is mostly a result of Vanessa's composing, but given a boost by the Capitol Children's Choir, which adds an angelic feeling to Carousel, Fairweather Friend, and I Don't Want to Be A Bride. Most songs are like walking into a fantasy, but the childhood experience includes darker moods. Hear the Bells is a haunting melody with just the right amount of tension followed by a spaciness that's hard to describe. Rabbits on the Run isn't a concept album, even though Carousel is related to Watership Down, and Tall Tales for Spring mentions Stephen Hawking. Most of the songs are about love and friendship. Overall it's a magical listening experience. The only weak songs are Dear California (which is peppy but predictable), and Get Good, which sounds like it was thrown in. Otherwise, Vanessa Carlton has created a nice album of intelligent, understated and highly crafted songs. Recommended.
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