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Rabbits on the Run

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Shifting to indie Razor & Tie after a four-year hiatus following her 2007 album, Heroes & Thieves, Vanessa Carlton turns inward on her fourth album, Rabbits on the Run. Embracing all the spectral elements that ran underneath the surface of her music, Carlton avoids any of the surging orchestrations or any suggestions of cheer, spending long stretches of the album alone with her piano, and when the arrangements are fleshed-out, they're done so subtly that it often seems as if she's singing alone in the studio. Even if it has the effect of turning Rabbits on the Run into something of an unintentional Tori Amos homage, it's an appropriately austere setting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Shifting to indie Razor & Tie after a four-year hiatus following her 2007 album, Heroes & Thieves, Vanessa Carlton turns inward on her fourth album, Rabbits on the Run. Embracing all the spectral elements that ran underneath the surface of her music, Carlton avoids any of the surging orchestrations or any suggestions of cheer, spending long stretches of the album alone with her piano, and when the arrangements are fleshed-out, they're done so subtly that it often seems as if she's singing alone in the studio. Even if it has the effect of turning Rabbits on the Run into something of an unintentional Tori Amos homage, it's an appropriately austere setting for Carlton's melancholy introspections, ruminations that don't offer any easy way inside. Unlike "A Thousand Miles" or the two albums that dealt with the repercussions of her initial success, this is music made with no audience in mind: it is strikingly personal, to the extent that it suggests that Carlton needs to get this soul-searching out of her system in order to move forward.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2011
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018313520
  • Catalog Number: 83135
  • Sales rank: 18,365

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carousel (3:17)
  2. 2 I Don't Want To Be a Bride (4:01)
  3. 3 London (4:17)
  4. 4 Fairweather Friend (3:55)
  5. 5 Hear the Bells (3:44)
  6. 6 Dear California (3:19)
  7. 7 Tall Tales For Spring (4:30)
  8. 8 Get Good (3:54)
  9. 9 The Marching Line (3:30)
  10. 10 In the End (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vanessa Carlton Primary Artist, Piano, Harmonium
Steve Osborne Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Mellotron, Hammond B3
Bruce White Viola
Richard Henry Tuba
Everton Nelson Violin
Warren Zielinski Violin
Ian Burdge Cello
Patrick Hallahan Percussion, Drums
Trevor Mires Trombone
Isaac Jones Timpani, Snare Drums
Richard Ashton French Horn
Capital Children's Choir Choir, Chorus
Ari Ingber Guitar
Rachel Santesso Choir Director
Damian Johnson Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Steve Osborne Composer, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Andrew Dudman Engineer
Vanessa Carlton Composer, String Arrangements
Jordan Feldstein Management
Robin Baynton Engineer
Ari Ingber Composer
Dan Austin Engineer
Mitch Rose Booking
Brian Manning Booking
Joanna Popowicz Engineer
Jo Ratcliffe Artwork, Art Direction
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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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    Posted October 28, 2011

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