Rabbits on the Run by Vanessa Carlton
Vanessa Carlton’s new album, Rabbits on the Run, proves that she is still going strong. After a good number of years of not hearing much from Carlton, especially any hits, her latest release has demonstrated that she is not an artist to fall through the cracks. This album refutes any previous belief that Carlton was only a one-hit wonder.
The opening track and lead single, “Carousel,” charms the listener with its piano riffs and delightful vocals. The children’s choir in the background of the song and the imagery-filled lyrics create an enchanting experience. The hit makes the listener want to hear more of the album. With that kind of opening, who wouldn’t want to listen further?
Other tracks such as “London,” “Get Good” and “I Don’t Wanna Be a Bride” assert Carlton’s independence. As best exemplified through these three songs, the album is a perfect mix of melodic pop and sharp uniqueness. “Dear California” nicely blends a sense of modern pop with a sound like that of The Beach Boys.
Although the album is not something that will be remembered thirty years down the road, Carlton’s incredible piano playing (as well as a few guitar appearances) and sweet, harmonious voice make Rabbits on the Run a collection of songs that many listeners will enjoy. The lyrics of the various tracks are well thought out and generate emotion within the audience. She may not be producing hits every few months, but when she does release tracks, we know that that the songs were not just dabbled with for a few weeks; these have years of thought and sentiment thrown into them.
Rabbits on the Run is special because of its ability to make listeners see Vanessa Carlton in an entirely different but positive light. The added respect that comes from the re-evaluation of long-standing impressions makes the album something great.
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