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Be Not Nobody

Vanessa CarltonAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 30, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B0000646TK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With her much-anticipated debut, ex-ballerina Vanessa Carlton more than makes good on the promise of her first single, "A Thousand Miles." Augmenting her classical training with a broad range of pop she soaked up playing New York City clubs and listening to classic rock in her father's car, Be Not Nobody finds the phenom decorating her fierce piano playing with orchestration, guitars, and percussion galore. "Prince" is sizzling and funky, while "Ordinary Day" displays a majestic grace and "Unsung" is a stomping blues-bar breakdown. Comparisons to Fiona Apple and Little Earthquakes-era Tori Amos (especially on the haunting "Sway" and "Wanted") are inevitable and justified. Yet Carlton sounds fresh, even on a menacing interpretation of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black." With the exception of the anemic ballad "Pretty Baby," this impressive debut makes a strong case that a new star has emerged. --Annie Zaleski

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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've Seen Twilight June 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Vanessa Carlton may seem unsuspecting in a world where your ability to dance and the lightness of your hair defines you as a musician. Seated firmly behind her piano in her debut video "A Thousand Miles," Vanessa didn't impress me much (I viewed her as teen music marketing gone awry). I bought the album on impulse, not expecting to like it much. I have now completely worn out my first copy.
I am just so proud of this talented young woman for begging to be different from everyone else. She does what the pop industry is terrified of.. she's herself. No elaborate vocals or gyrating to an infectious beat. Beautiful, smooth, sultry and expressive melodies laced with a unique and elegant-sounding voice.
It's a very impressing combination.
The album is terrific from stop to finish. Here are the songs:
Ordinary Day: It has an ethereal and interesting message of spontaneity and chasing down dreams. It's upbeat and somewhat classical sounding. *****
Unsung: Written in the style of good old days rock, Vanessa powerfully belts out "well you decide and I abide and my song goes unsung." She expresses her feelings of inferiority in the relationship in this track. The vocals and strong backbeat make it an interesting contrast with the rest of the album. ****
A Thousand Miles: The keys employed and the melody combination are signs of sheer brilliance. The lyrics aren't spectacular, but the piano more than compensates. *****
Pretty Baby: It has a catchy bridge, but is simply not my thing. **
Rinse: My second favorite of the album. "She must rinse him away" because her feeling for the boy described in the song are unhealthy for the girl.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Not Nobody May 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Vanessa Carlton's new album, Be Not Nobody, is nothing short of incredible. From the opening chords of "Ordinary Day" to the last trailing notes of "Twilight", Be Not Nobody is an album you won't be able to turn off.
Vanessa's amazing voice, stunning lyrics, and awesome piano playing make her seem much older than her 21 years. This album promises to make Vanessa a household name, but more than that, it plainly shows that she is more than just a young female singer-songwriter. She is a talented musician and that is evidenced by every note of every song on Be Not Nobody.
This album has ten original songs written by Vanessa and one cover. The ninth track on the album is an awesome cover of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black". "Pretty Baby" is a total fan favorite and it's easy to see why. The melody and lyrics are so incredible! Other songs like "Unsung", "Sway", and "Paradise" promise to become favorites as well. "A Thousand Miles" is already a hit, having just recently reached the top ten on the Billboard Countdown. The next single, "Ordinary Day", is sure to do the same. Each of these songs speaks to the listener in a different way. Part of the beauty of this album is the way everyone can relate to it. My personal favorites are "Rinse" and "Twilight", but honestly, I would not be able to name a song that I didn't like. In each of the songs, the combination of lyrics and music is so awesome that it's impossible not to fall in love with this album.
Be Not Nobody is a breath of fresh air in a world that is bogged down by teeny-bopper, pre-packaged pop. The music is just so much more real. You should definitely buy this album, you will not be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sky With Stars May 2, 2002
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This sparkling, promising debut from Vanessa Carlton is a great listen from start to finish. All of the songs, with the except of the rocking cover of "Paint It Black," were written by Vanessa herself, who lends her vocals and piano to every track. She is accompanied by a band of talented musicians, and the orchestra arrangements are simply beautiful. Four stars to this stellar album.
The first track "Ordinary Day" begins with a girl and her piano. Very simple, very basic - and then as the song progresses, as the story develops, more instruments come in and help the tune build to a full sound. "Day" is one of many songs on the album that will make you look up at the night sky with renewed appreciation.
"Unsung" is one part rock, one part jazz. This track, with piano akin to Tori Amos or Fiona Apple, is at the opposite end of the spectrum from "Day." Already we hear that Vanessa has a range of song styles.
"A Thousand Miles," the first single, has become a hit in its own right. From the catchy chorus ("If I could fall / Into the sky / Do you think time / Would pass me by?") to the emotional refrain, the song will get you hooked. It flows well into the next song, "Pretty Baby," which is the most mainstream pop song on the album. "Pretty baby / Don't you leave me / I have been saving smiles for you." It is a nice romantic ballad without being too sugary sweet.
"Rinse" may very well be my favorite song on this album. It's louder, it's rougher. The story is not a happy one, reminding us that "...everything happens for reasons that she will never understand." It could be about an unhappy relationship, confining if not abusive. It's a dark melody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great song
Published 1 month ago by William T Wogan
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Realized
This album is halfway decent, but even more than usual, buyer beware that the big single ("A Thousand Miles") is not representative of the rest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by snow47
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Published 1 month ago by Marcos V. Migon
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so pretty
I sure like the music, but this album is definitely a victim of the loudness wars. Not as bad as some I've heard, but when I listen I can't help but imagine how good this COULD... Read more
Published 2 months ago by BertLovesErnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I first heard part of one of her songs on a jewelry commercial. I just had to find out who the artist was. This girl has talent. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Antoinette Corbell
5.0 out of 5 stars jose coronado
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Published 20 months ago by jose coronado
5.0 out of 5 stars vanessa
Vanessa Carlton is the sexyist, hottest, and most prettiest lady ever. And best voice I have ever heard. Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by spiffy
5.0 out of 5 stars her best overall
i do enjoy her music very much i was a fan from the start but i favor this album.
the songs are either filled with a joyous upbeat tune that you cant help but bob your head... Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars I will always reach too high, cause i've seen twilight....
And so ends Vanessa's debut album... until you get to the excellent bonus tracks on this version! :) I loved vanessa, and I think that this was actually the last album of hers that... Read more
Published on June 3, 2011 by Brian Young
3.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile debut
As a debut, Vanessa Carlton's Be Not Nobody isn't a bad place to start. It wasn't brilliant and it wasn't even close to her best, looking back, but it was a good introduction and a... Read more
Published on April 23, 2011 by Lori A. Ross
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