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Harmonium
Vanessa Carlton
Harmonium
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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Vanessa Carlton returns with her highly anticipated sophomore album, "Harmonium." With the release of her first album, "Be Not Nobody," Vanessa was met with great response. Rolling Stone listed her as one of the "Ten Art...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Vanessa Carlton
Title: Harmonium
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: A&M
Release Date: 11/9/2004
Album Type: Enhanced
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 602498639221

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Vanessa Carlton returns with her highly anticipated sophomore album, "Harmonium." With the release of her first album, "Be Not Nobody," Vanessa was met with great response. Rolling Stone listed her as one of the "Ten Artists to Watch for 2002" and sure enough, her 2002 debut, "Be Not Nobody" was nominated for 3 Grammy awards and sold over 3 million albums worldwide. Now Vanessa is back poised to exceed the accomplishments of her debut. With the help of her producer Stephan Jenkins (3rd Eye Blind), and guest musicians and vocalists which include Lindsey Buckingham and Pharrell Williams, Vanessa Carlton has created, yet again, a truly outstanding album. ENHANCED CD features intimate behind the scenes footage with Vanessa.

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CD Reviews

Heart Warming & Pleasurable
Emily Fletcher | 07/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Vanessa Carlton's "Harmonium," is wonderful. Packed with feet tapping beats, and sing-a-long lyrics, this is the ultimate summer album. I find myself listen to other songs that arn't matched to this true talent. Vanessa Carlton, who not only sings and writes these songs, but plays the piano too. I was suprised at this ability to be able to do this album with such passion. Each song with a story, every sound carefully placed into a Symphony of beautiful music.

I was so excited when i got the news that she will have a new album coming out called "Heros & Theives," Nolita Fairytale as the first single. Harmonium is a well put together album, that will always remind you of the good days in life. When you get this album, enjoy it. I did."
First-Time Vanessa Carlton Fan, Loved Every Bit of It!
Emmanuel Goldstein | Unity, Oregon | 10/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I cannot write about a previous album and express my disappointment as a fan in how she's somehow changed. All I can do is judge this album, as it's the first stuff by her that I've listened to. It's somewhat unfair to judge an artist's current flair by her previous work, but I understand that it's common for many to do that.

So, from what I've listened to and experienced of Ms. Carlton, here's my perspective. This young woman has a remarkable voice. I listen to her album all of the time, almost every week. The songs are addictive to listen to and lift my spirits when I am down and comfort me when I am feeling depressed and lonely.

One of my favorite songs is "Who's to Say?", which deals with having a young and enduring love while dealing with prejudice in family and society. Anyone whose been in a interracial or same-sex relationship will resonate with those lyrics and those who haven't will certainly feel some sympathy in hearing lyrics that have a bit of universality in theme.

Another song I like is "White Houses", which is a popular hit of hers. It deals with her losing her virginity and teen innocence in a white picket fence suburb. The song softly portrays the development a maturing lady, while taking into mind all the sensitivities of modest listeners while subtly shocking them with irony.

This album is well put together. I cannot compare it against anything but its own merit. I enjoyed every track, and I cannot say that for many artists that I've listened to. Carlton is definitely talented and I look forward to buying more of her music. I hope she continues to produce further works."
VANESSA HAS BEEN 3RD EYE BLINDED!
Dadio | Florida | 12/08/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a HUGE 3rd Eye Blind (3EB) fan ... and a Vanessa Carlton fan (and I think I fell in love with her before that Chump Stephan got his grimy mitts on her - kidding). I could write a book here giving examples, etc. But any 3EB fan out there will know what I mean. Those who are not familiar with 3EB probably just think that Vanessa has found a new fresh (yet overall too somber for her) sound. My advice to the latter is, never listen to 3EB - you're already a fan and don't know it but don't ruin it for yourself. For me, a fan of both, it's like I lost a favorite artist (Vanessa). Sadly she seems to have lost herself in Stephan's influence. There's not a trace of the Vanessa of "A Thousand Miles", "Ordinary Day", "Sway", or her dynamic unique singing style well-demonstrated in "Rinse". I MISS THAT VANESSA; the one we were all introduced to and love. And I REALLY liked her rendition of "Painted Black"; no matter what industry critics have said.

"White Houses", "San Francisco", and "Private Radio" . . . and . . . sound like Vanessa doing 3EB tributes. (Oh man, the lyrics on those: SOOOO blatantly 3EB! Not written FOR Vanessa - she sounds beautiful singing them though . . . but she'd even sound beautiful singing "John Jacob JingleHeimerShmidt" - isn't she Great?!) And Stephan's influence permeates and overwhelms Vanessa's identity throughout the entire CD. I could give a million specific examples in any aspect: Vocal styles, Vocal dynamics, Voice processing patterns - so blatant that it's like 3EB on voice-changing hormones. 3EB's once novel and unique attention-getting transitions, background vocals, and shocking contrasts (ex. "She Floats", the chorus amongst the violins contrasted with screeching strings/electronica) are everywhere on this CD. Then there's the instruments: guitar wah wahs, fading drums, and of course the keyboards (including all the CraZy sound effects) that are so uniquely 3EB (ex. end of "San Francisco" you'd never know it's not 3EB). Almost exact Lyrics, 3EB favorite themes involving somber oceans rising up, summer fading, sunsets by the ocean, etc. . . . lifted right out of 3EB songs (ex. "Walking with the living/wounded").

I'm not saying the songs are not good. There are some keepers but they should be on a 3EB CD (esp. those first 3 I mentioned). I feel sad about this. We're missing out on some truly great NEW FRESH UNIQUE music from Vanessa's heart and soul. This CD is a 3rd Eye Blind CD with the ONLY exceptions being Vanessa's beautiful voice (but not vocal style - that's heavily Jenkins) and her incredible keys (which are overshadowed/replaced throughout most of the CD by the Jenkins invasion - sorry to say it).

I want Vanessa back. I hope she hasn't lost herself. I may not know Vanessa personally, or even if those songs are really "her" either . . . but I know 3rd Eye Blind; and that's not Vanessa Carlton. Whatever "she" is, I know it's beautiful and I want to hear it.
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