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Carlton's new album a solid hit

October 23, 2007|By BETHANY FERGUSON / Pulse Correspondent

In 2005, Vanessa Carlton split with A&M Records and signed with The Inc. (formerly known as Murder Inc.), a label best known for hip hop and R&B records.

Despite the switch, Carlton's new album, "Heroes & Thieves," has no urban sound. Instead the piano-pop songstress turns her experiences of life and love into a album full of sincerity, and melodies that are put together in a magical sequence.

The first song, "Nolita Fairytale," tells of Carlton's life in the big city. With lyrics like, "Nolita flat on rent control, that's the life I choose," you can tell that Vanessa has grown from her first two albums' hit singles, "A Thousand Miles" (from the album "Be Not Nobody"), which tells of teen love and sacrifice, and "White Houses" (from "Harmonium"), which portrays the ups and downs of a summer love.

"Heroes & Thieves" is full of melody contrast. Each song reflects a different chapter of the adult life of the 27-year-old piano genius. Songs like "Home" and "This Time" show off her classical piano training, while "Come Undone" and "Spring Street" have more of a gothic piano formula.

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While flipping through tracks, I felt my moods changing. Each song has a harmonious contrast from the one before it. The lyrics are a big part of this album. Each song, joyful or gloomy, tells you of the singer-songwriter's life.

Over and over, Carlton has proven that she can put together a good pop album that differs from the norm. "Heroes and Thieves" is no exception.

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