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on 6 February 2015
Quite a few years ago, a quartet of female solo singer-songwriters all appeared out of American in the same time, with varying sounds and varying degrees of success. Norah Jones went on the win several Grammy Awards; Avril Lavigne got the attention of the popular press and subsequently married some bloke out of Sum 41 and Michelle Branch got to work with such big names as Sheryl Crow and Santana, also winning a Grammy Award.
However they achieved their success, they all managed to release a second album not too long after their first and Lavigne and Jones have recently managed a third. The fourth member of this little group, Vanessa Carlton, didn’t fare so well. Apart from a supporting role on the Counting Crows’ version of “Big Yellow Taxi”, the film “Two Weeks Notice”, she seemed to have vanished. Indeed, it was only by chance browsing through Amazon that I realised she had a new album available, but I wasn’t about to miss out, having enjoyed the first.
If you’re a fan of well thought out music, this is a must own piece, as this is 40 minutes of wonderfully crafted piano based pop. For any fan of Carlton’s first album, or the likes of Delta Goodrem, this is a must buy, even if it can be a little tricky to track down. Thanks to the darker tone in the last few tracks, it’s not as relaxing as her earlier album, but it is more mature, more well rounded and better musically than “Be Not Nobody” was.
My only regret is that I didn’t realise the album was coming out and I may have missed the opportunity to get my hands on it sooner. If “Harmonium” in indicative of the direction Carlton is heading in, I’ll be eagerly watching for the release of the new album.
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