Be Not Nobody [UK Bonus Tracks]

Be Not Nobody [UK Bonus Tracks]

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by Vanessa Carlton
     
 

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… See more details below

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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. [Be Not Nobody was released in the U.K. with three bonus tracks, all piano-and-voice-only versions of album tracks, including "A Thousand Miles."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2003
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0606949358327
catalogNumber:
493583

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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 Bass,Upright Bass
Chuck Berghofer   Upright Bass
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Electric 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
Berj Garabedian   Violin
John Goux   Dulcimer,Guitar,Sitar
Endre Granat   Violin,Concert Master
Daniel Greco   Cymbalom
Susan Greenberg   Woodwind
Clayton Haslop   Violin
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   Viola
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
Alan Grunfield   Violin
Hershberger   Violin
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Rose Corrigan   Woodwind
Michael Valerio   Double Bass
Vicky Miscolczy   Viola
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Samuel Formicola   Viola
Nico Abandolo   Double Bass
Cindy Ellis   Woodwind
Keith Grezen   Viola
Walter Trey Henry   Double Bass
Larry Williams   Woodwind
Katia Barbra Porter   Violin
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
Lily Ho Chen   Violin

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
Ron Fair   Producer,Executive Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Randy Kerber   Arranger
Hugh Padgham   Engineer
Keith Richards   Composer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Eddy Schreyer   Mastering
Michael C. Ross   Engineer
Drew FitzGerald   Art Direction,Illustrations
Tal Herzberg   Producer,Engineer,Digital Editing
Vanessa Carlton   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer

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