Be Not Nobody

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Less damaged than Fiona Apple and more grounded than Tori Amos, 22-year-old Vanessa Carlton has the kind of old-soul voice that older souls wouldn't mind spending time with. On Be Not Nobody, she wends her way through a solid debut grounded in a journey of self-discovery and love. A former ballerina, Carlton launches her new career auspiciously, under the guidance of her record label's president and backed by a full orchestra to complement the fluid piano style Carlton honed with the help of her mother, a music teacher. The stunning results range from the breezy breakout single "A Thousand Miles" -- which, with its delicate piano runs and jaunty beat, is ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Less damaged than Fiona Apple and more grounded than Tori Amos, 22-year-old Vanessa Carlton has the kind of old-soul voice that older souls wouldn't mind spending time with. On Be Not Nobody, she wends her way through a solid debut grounded in a journey of self-discovery and love. A former ballerina, Carlton launches her new career auspiciously, under the guidance of her record label's president and backed by a full orchestra to complement the fluid piano style Carlton honed with the help of her mother, a music teacher. The stunning results range from the breezy breakout single "A Thousand Miles" -- which, with its delicate piano runs and jaunty beat, is reminiscent of a Gen-Y version of Marc Cohn's early-'90s Grammy winner "Walking in Memphis" -- to the sweeping optimism of "Ordinary Day." Elsewhere, Carlton sheds the strings and uses stabbing, piano-driven counter-rhythms, rumbling bass, and a desperate edge in her voice to pump up the palpable tension in "Prince." Equally notable is a sinister, jam-session version of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black." As her debut's title foretells, Vanessa Carlton is a major somebody on the verge of resurrecting the female singer-songwriter movement that last showed its alluring face in the mid-'90s. Lilith Fair 2002, anyone?
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Vanessa Carlton probably couldn't have happened without Alicia Keys, but that doesn't mean they sound the same. Both artists are preternaturally talented and write on keyboards, sounding much older than their years. The difference is, Carlton pretty much revels in her advanced years, creating a record that recalls the lush ambition of Keys, but also the soul-searching of Fiona Apple and the precise intricacies of Rick Wakeman. Certainly, this wasn't something she planned to evoke, but the end result is pretty impressive all the same, because it's so well crafted, from both Carlton and her producer, Ron Fair, who doesn't stop her from taking leaps that could potentially prove embarrassing. And there are embarrassing moments on her debut, Be Not Nobody, the most notable of those is a ham-fisted, melodramatic cover of the Stones' "Paint It, Black," which for all the world feels like a single dictated by the studio. That's the nadir of the album, but the rest is charmingly ambitious and often quite accomplished. Take the lead single, "A Thousand Miles" -- as it moves from its solo piano opening to bombastic orchestral-backed choruses, the result isn't overwhelming, it's sweet, multi-layered, and appealing. And most of her debut album follows that lead, often overflowing with soaring strings, intimate pianos, crooned vocals, and pretty melodies, yet it all gels because Carlton shows the potential of a songwriter who can convey her emotions through her songcraft. Sure, some of Be Not Nobody is naïve, but much of it's well crafted and nearly all of it is endearing; it's a rare debut that is quite enjoyable in its own right yet is almost more enticing because of what it suggests that she could do next.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2002
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 606949330729
  • Catalog Number: 493307
  • Sales rank: 45,611

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ordinary Day (3:58)
  2. 2 Unsung (4:20)
  3. 3 A Thousand Miles (3:57)
  4. 4 Pretty Baby (3:55)
  5. 5 Rinse (4:31)
  6. 6 Sway (3:57)
  7. 7 Paradise (4:50)
  8. 8 Prince (4:09)
  9. 9 Paint It Black (3:30)
  10. 10 Wanted (3:55)
  11. 11 Twilight (4:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vanessa Carlton Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Bruce Dukov Violin
Sid Page Violin
Bob Adcock Cello
Alex Al Electric Upright Bass
Chuck Berghofer Upright Bass
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Luis Conte Percussion
Mathew Cooker Viola
Larry Corbett Cello
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Stephen Erdody Cello
Ron Fair Organ, Harmonica, Conductor, Vibes
Kirstin Fife Violin
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
John Goux Dulcimer, Guitar, Sitar
Susan Greenberg Woodwind
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Clayton Haslop Violin
Trey Henry Double Bass
Dan Higgins Recorder, Woodwind
Randy Kerber Conductor
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
David Low Cello
Rene Mandel Violin
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Robin Olson Violin
Simon Oswell Viola
Katia Popov Violin
Barbara Porter Violin
Emil Richards Vibes
Mark Robertson Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
David Shostac Woodwind
Sheridon Stokes Woodwind
Cecilia Tsan Cello
John Wittenberg Violin
Margaret Wooten Violin
Ken Yerke Violin
Gayle Levant Harp
Dmitri Boviard Viola
Karen Elaine Bakunin Viola
Suzie Katayama Cello
Leland Sklar Bass
Natalie Leggett Violin
Timothy Landauer Cello
Sara Parkins Violin
Al Hershberger Violin
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Rose Corrigan Woodwind
Michael Valerio Double Bass
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Nico Abandolo Double Bass
Cindy Ellis Woodwind
Keith Grezen Viola
Becky Bunnell Violin
Tiffany Yi Hu Violin
Karen Van Sant Viola
Phillip Levy Violin
Marlow Fisher Viola
Paul Cohen Viola
Franklyn D'Antonio Violin
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Mario de León Violin
Technical Credits
Mick Jagger Composer
Ron Fair Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Randy Kerber Arranger
Keith Richards Composer
Bill Schnee Engineer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Michael C. Ross Engineer
Drew FitzGerald Art Direction, Illustrations
Tal Herzberg Engineer, Digital Editing
Vanessa Carlton Arranger, Executive Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What I think...

    I think Vanessa Carlton is a pretty good singer. I would've rated it 5 stars, but her voice got a little too high-pitched at times, and I thought some of the songs were too slow. My favorites are Twighlight, A Thousand Miles, and Ordinary Day. She writes amazing lyrics and actually PLAYS an instrument unlike those other diva pop wannabees who think they're all that. Her piano skills are amazing, and I admire her. I hope she makes another album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome and spectacular

    this is what you call music! and for anyone who says she's a terrible singer....your on crack.she plays piano like nobody can.two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    tone deaf anyone?

    after listening to the grating and annoying voice of vanessa carlton I have come to realize that mediocrity sometimes does show up on tape. the only thing worse than her shallow voice is the beginners level piano skills that she exhibits shamelessly on this disc. Save your money!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally Cool

    I don't own the c.d. right now, but am in the process of buying it. I have listened to it lots and lots of times before because my sister has it. I think it's a great c.d. Probably my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty Good

    Vanessa's lyrics are awesome- it's cool how she wrote most of her songs by herself, and they really sound like they came from deep inside of herself. The only problem with this CD is that most of the songs sound the same. With that problem you get bored very easily with the rest of the album. Vanessa's voice is beautiful, but it's not the best voice out there I've heard. If you don't like listening to alot of slow songs, don't get this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this c.d. is great!

    i love this c.d.! some of the songs are a little boring, but i love the songs "wanted","paint it black", "ordinary day", and "twilight" i like some others, but these are the best! GET THIS C.D!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    I loved this CD I listened to it SOOOOOOO many times I practically memorized it. This is a great CD and I hope she makes a new one soon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay

    I hate to say that I didn't enjoy this album much, because I loved her single "A Thousand Miles". The rest of the cd is pretty much filler, and I think she has more potential than that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Go Vanessa!

    Vanessa Carlton rocks my music world. After my cousin suggested "A Thousand Miles, I just couldn't stop asking my parents for the CD. Keep singing, Vanessa!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love listening to music!

    I love two songs a thousand miles and ordinary day. I think you will to people. so long.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELENT

    Once I bought this CD I became a huge fan of Vanessa's, and I still am. Her lyrics are so real and true. I felt like I could relate to every song. I really love how she plays the piano because it sounds great in her songs. If you haven't gotten this CD yet, you have to go out and buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vanessa makes a C-D for dreamers!

    When I first listened to Thousand miles, In the car on the way to Washigton D.C, I fell in love with it, and I always remember, "When you'r dreams come true, they aren't always a "perfect"dream." I always listen to the C-D every day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS IS so GOOD!

    My friend let me borrow her cd wallet. That is a wallet that carries cds. (Duh!) 1 of the cds was vanessa carlton. afater listening 2 it, i m=immeadietly ordered that AND Michelle Branch. GTG

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vanessa is talented!

    VANESSA is so good at the piano, I have also bought her sheet music book! She is so talkented and deserves all three grammys! Vanessa rocks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is everything you could want and more, not to be missed!

    I was a bit skepticle when I purchased Vanessa Carlton's album Be Not Nobody mostly because I thought she might be another bubblegum act, of course I was very wrong. vanessa has the most amazing melodic voice, her tunes are written so gracefully and she sings her heart out on many of them. A favorite of mine on the album would be "Rinse" mostly because I could relate and the way her voice sounds on that track makes you shiver. Vaness also redid the classic Rolling Stones song "Paint it black" which she made all her own, its a hiper chicker version which you just cant miss. Another tarck names "Prince" tells a story of somethign she has longed for, actually each and every song this album tells some type of story which anybody can connect too. This album is much to powerful not to have. But I must say that "Ordinary Day" still stands out the most, just because of what it presents. The whole album is wonderful. This young women has the lungs and the voice of everything positive, she was quite the old soul. To me, she is the top performer of 2002. Alicia Keys has nothing on her, this women is amazing, just as her talented fingers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vanessa Carlton's Album Is A Must Buy

    AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS ALL GOING TO BE CHEESY POP BUT WHEN I LISTENED TO THE FULL CD I REALISED HOW GREAT IT IS.SOME OF THE LYRICS ARE DARKISH BUT WRITTEN VERY WELL.MY FAVORITE TRACKS WERE TWILIGHT AND A EXELENT COVER OF THE ROLLING STONES PAINT IT BLACK. ALL THE SONGS WERE WORTH LISTENING AND NONE OF THEM WERE SONGS YOU JUST SKIP OVER.THE LYRICS WILL MESMERIZE YOU.DEFINITELY A CD WORTH BUYING

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing.....

    I didn't think that this album would stun me the way it did......all of the songs are great and the whole album is saturated with beauty and talent.....the emotion is absolutely incredible.....do NOT miss out on this masterpiece

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    From the minute I heard her first song...wow what an amazing voice. This CD is so good I take it everywhere with me. Love her remake of Paint it Black! I recomend this CD to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Promising talent for years to come

    With this CD, I've found the sound I've been searching for. A fresh, intelligent, female, singer songwriter flexing her wings, soaring over the saturated bubble-gum babylon into to new heights. From beginning to end, this CD is a wonderful debut, with every song being worth listening to. It even includes a Rolling Stones cover tune: "Paint it Black". Wow, who knew that coming from a female voice it could take on new dementions. I recommend this CD to anyone who wants to listen to non-stop good music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Of The Year

    Vanessa Carlton is the best singer of all. She sings and plays the piano well. I love all your songs especially "Pretty Baby"!!!.

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