Harmonium

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
In an era when female singers tend to equate growing up with shedding clothes, Vanessa Carlton stands out as a young woman who's maturing the old-fashioned way -- by exploring deeper topics and evolving her own musical style. On Harmonium, her sophomore outing, Carlton uses her baroque piano stylings as a jumping-off point for a set of surprisingly sophisticated, beautifully orchestrated compositions. Thanks in part to the production work of Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins -- who also happens to be Carlton's significant other -- the disc has more upbeat, poppy moments than its predecessor, notably the breezy title track and the spirited "Private Radio," which revels ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
In an era when female singers tend to equate growing up with shedding clothes, Vanessa Carlton stands out as a young woman who's maturing the old-fashioned way -- by exploring deeper topics and evolving her own musical style. On Harmonium, her sophomore outing, Carlton uses her baroque piano stylings as a jumping-off point for a set of surprisingly sophisticated, beautifully orchestrated compositions. Thanks in part to the production work of Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins -- who also happens to be Carlton's significant other -- the disc has more upbeat, poppy moments than its predecessor, notably the breezy title track and the spirited "Private Radio," which revels in simple expressions of individuality. The 24-year-old singer doesn't skimp, however, on the confessional-styled yarns, as evidenced by the Tori Amos–inflected "Annie" and the yearning "She Floats." The sophistication of Carlton's musicianship is unmistakable, but her endearingly girlish vocal delivery -- most palpable on the graceful "Papa" -- ensures that the proceedings don't get overly heavy.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On her second album, Harmonium, singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton enlists her boyfriend, Stephan Jenkins -- best-known as the frontman of the popular post-grunge band Third Eye Blind -- as a producer and co-songwriter, and his presence doesn't so much alter Carlton's music as give it a sharper, direct focus. Carlton and Jenkins focus on the lush, dramatic teen-age angst that made "A Thousand Miles" a big hit in 2002, using that song as the template for a collection of songs that are intimate on a grand scale. Carlton's songs often read like diary entries, dealing with such familiar adolescent themes as love and longing, and they sound even smaller when delivered in her thin but appealing girlish voice, but they gain stature when married to the cinematic arrangements, driven by her insistent, circular piano and dressed by light layers of strings, guitars, and vocal overdubs. Where her Be Not Nobody debut could sound endearingly awkward, Harmonium is confident and somber, a conscious attempt to be serious and mature.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602498639221
  • Catalog Number: 000348002
  • Sales rank: 38,798

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 White Houses (3:45)
  2. 2 Who's to Say (4:51)
  3. 3 Annie (4:48)
  4. 4 San Francisco (4:12)
  5. 5 Afterglow (3:56)
  6. 6 Private Radio (2:59)
  7. 7 Half a Week Before the Winter (3:27)
  8. 8 C'est la Vie (2:34)
  9. 9 Papa (2:39)
  10. 10 She Floats (5:15)
  11. 11 The Wreckage (4:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vanessa Carlton Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Lindsey Buckingham Acoustic Guitar
Bruce Dukov Violin
Sid Page Violin
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Luis Conte Percussion
Larry Corbett Cello
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Stephen Erdody Cello
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Julie Gigante Violin
Endre Granat Violin
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Roland Kato Viola
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Drums
David Low Cello
Robin Olson Violin
Simon Oswell Viola
Kazi Pitelka Viola
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Geri Rotella Flute
Danny Seidenberg Viola
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Josefina Vergara Violin
Gayle Levant Harp
Tom Boyd Oboe
Suzie Katayama Cello
Stephan Jenkins Organ, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Natalie Leggett Violin
Pharrell Williams Background Vocals
Nico Abondolo Bass
Jesse Tobias Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Sara Parkins Violin
Arion Salazar Bass, Electric Guitar
Emily Bernstein Clarinet
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Roberto Cani Violin
Michael Valerio Bass
Oscar Hidalgo Bass
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Samuel Formicola Viola
Songa Lee Violin
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Phillip Levy Violin
Marlow Fisher Viola
Franklyn D'Antonio Violin
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Mario de León Violin
Lily Ho Chen Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical Credits
Ron Fair Executive Producer, String Arrangements
Frank Wolf Engineer
Stephan Jenkins Composer, Producer
Drew FitzGerald Art Direction, Illustrations
Lior Goldenberg Engineer
Tal Herzberg Engineer
Vanessa Carlton Composer, Executive Producer, Art Direction
Jun Ishizeki Engineer
Sean Beresford Engineer
Tony Espinoza Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a reviewer

    Vanessa Carlton is one of my favorite artists EVER.She can sing, she can dance (and REALLY good), write her own songs, and play the piano (with such SKILL) She just writes with such soul. She's my inspiration. I can't believe this was a commericial failure. Oh well. Probably "sophmore slump". I've loved almost all of her songs on this album espicially White Houses, Private Radio, Afterglow, Annie, Half a Week Before the Winter (alhtough strange, it's interesting. who knew someone would write a song about vampires killing unicorns?), and San Francisco. If you're looking for a good soulful, entrancing, strangely interesting, and harmonius alubm, look no farther than what you've got in front of you. I can't wait for her new album "Heroes and Thieves" coming out on Oct. 9th, 2007. It's gonna be her best yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vanessa Rocks!

    When I first heard Vanessa's song, A Thousand Miles, a instantly became a fan. I think that Be Not Nobody and Harmonium are some of the greatest CDs ever! I love every single Vanessa Carlton song, and my favorite songs on this album are San Francisco, White Houses, and Annie. Keep singing Vanessa!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding sophmore effort!!!

    Vanessa Carlton is one of those people who really sit down and look at the world from a point of view that a person never knew exsisted. From there she some how seems to find her passion for life and death and dissapointments and congradulations, and make them and mold them into music. It's almost as if she tells you every single secrect that she ever had and yet she is spinning you arould in circles and filling your head with lies at the same time.Although this record didn't sell alot of albums. It's one of those albums that you had to find it and enjoy it. It wasn't going to find you. I can't wait for her next record. Whenever that maybe, just because this is what good music soulds like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Inspiring

    As a pianist, writer, and singer myself, I found this album nothing short of inspiring. Carlton shows great maturity and growth as a musician in her beautiful melodies. "White Houses" and "Private Radio" are my favourites, but the whole album is a soundscape so worth buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    I wasn't a big fan of Vanessa until I saw her perform with Stevie Nicks this summer. It was an awesome concert! Vanessa did her set first which featured songs from "Be Not Nobody", "Harmonium", and a few new songs that will be on the next album. A few days after the concert, I bought "Harmonium" and I've fell in love with it. Being a percussionist and a big Fleetwood Mac fan, I was overjoyed to see Lindsey Buckingham, Louis Conte, and Abe Laboriel Jr. in the liner notes! I was very pleased with this album, and I think you will be too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow!

    at first i didnt like the sound of her songs, but the second time i listened to it, i really liked white houses, half a week before the winter, she floats, and private radio. the lyrics are really interesting and original and they make you think. but i think some of the other songs arent that great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Talent finally

    I am so glad to see an alternative to the jessica simpsons, britney spears, christinas, the list goes on. The music industry can be depresssing but thanks to Vanessa there is some hope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grows On You...

    At first, I must say I didn't like the sound of this album, I certainly loved the lyrics- Vanessa Carlton is a very very talented writer, but as I listened to the songs more and more I began to enjoy the tracks.The songs I most enjoyed were After Glow,Annie,Half a Week Before the Winter,Papa and the Wreckage. Her voice is beautiful and this album is highly enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If only I could find the words....

    What can I say? Harmonium is wonderful!!! It's one of those rare CDs you can listen to over and over again, without skipping tracks, it's one of those CDs that you want to listen to all the time, and when you're not listening to it, you catch yourself singing them out loud!!! I highly reccommend this CD, it's for anyone who can handle enormous talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vanessa rocks my socks

    this cd is unlike most music out there it has a classic feel yet a refreshing modern take to it. you really can relate to these songs and feel the emotion. its very flowy and vanessa writes amazing lyrics. she is very orginal in every song she does. incorporating different sounds and doesnt just talk about love lik every1 else, this is so much deeper! go and buy it she is awesum!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vanessa Carlton's Harmonium

    This is the best I've heard in a LOOONG time. I love the Energy of "Private Radio", the beautiful reflectiveness of "White Houses" , and the sarcasm of "C'est La Vie". I recommend this to anyone who wants music that's real and not poppy fake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A worthy sequel

    I personally loved Harmonium because it presented the STORY of love along with the bottom line of initiating love and breaking it apart... it also presented some awesome melodies and outstanding lyrics... definately a must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Musical Diary

    Who could have asked for more in a debut album? Vanessa Carlton's "Be Not Nobody" sprung three singles and a world of acclaim. This dancer-turned musician took her lifetime love for piano and blended that passion with her voice and created something magical. Carlton's vocals are fueled by something inside, light and innocent with a rock-tinge... In releasing her followup, "Harmonium" in 2004, Carlton has done it again...though this time there is nary a trace of innocence. It what has been called a much "darker" album, "Harmonium" is a no holds barred look peep into Carlton's own diary. A musician's diary is her songbook, very personal and inspired. She sings of a forbidden love that no one approves of in "Who's To Say," a car crash in "The Wreckage." You won't find any catchy pop hooks on this album...but aren't you sick of those? "Harmonium" delivers something less superficial, something deeper, music with something hiding under the surface. With rich orchestration and beautiful production from Third Eye Blind's frontman Stephan Jenkins, this album is a worthy second shot from an unconventional pop star. I always have more respect for a singer who writes her own music and plays an instrument...Vanessa Carlton is the epitome of what a musician should be. My only hope is she doesn't get ushered into the corner that has become "POP/Top 40" music today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Carlton does it again

    An easy to decide 5 Star rating for Carlton's second album. Produced by Vanessa's boyfriend, Stephen Jenkins, who is also Third Eye Blind's frontman, Carlton handles the pressure of a sophomore album with ease. The album is great the entire way through, no song sticks out as a bad song, their all great, an incredible album. It's a must for anyone no matter what your likes are in music, she'll please you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT!

    Her sophmore cd was awesome, great lyrics, great music, great vocals!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazingly awesome!!!!!!!!!!

    this album is an amazing one!!!! her voice and her songs and piano playing is TREMENDOUS!! i DEFINITELY recommend EVERYONE to buy this album!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Harmonium is a must have!

    I've been a Vanessa Carlton fan for ages, but this album is far more than I ever expected. She truly has outdone herself, yet again! I highly recommend this album to anyone. It has so many different songs, all of them with a different theme. Theres a little something for everyone! Enjoy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW AMAZING!!1

    I have been waiting forever for the release of this cd and the wait was well worth it. THis cd is even better then her first wahich was amazing in its own way. This cd really shows a personal and more real picture of who vanessa really is. He piano work is still awesome and her vice is even more alluring. All the songs are specail in a certin way. SOme of them have a upbet rhythm while others a seriuos meggage to relay. Either way this cd is well woth buying for its large range of rhythm, vocals, and lyrics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Even better than "Be Not Nobody!"

    "Who's To Say" and "Private Radio" are the best tracks! Vanessa will make you feel so peaceful!! :) You have to buy this album!! YOu will not regret it. It is excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesomly Brilliant Album!

    If you've only heard White Houses on the radio, you haven't heard anything until you buy this album. Don't get me wrong! White Houses is an amazing song, but along with Who's To Say, Annie, Afterglow and Private Radio, it makes this one of my favorite albums that I own. (Not to mention that Be Not Nobody is also one of my favorite albums) It's not often that I love every song on a CD, but DAMN!! Every song on this CD is great. Buy it...listen to it until your ears bleed. And even then...DON'T STOP LISTENING!.

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