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For her fourth album, Rabbits on the Run (Razor & Tie), Carlton needed a fresh start. She had been going at full sprint since she was discovered by legendary record executive Ahmet Ertegun when she was still a teenager, signed by Jimmy Iovine soon after, and exploded onto the pop scene with the platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated Be Not Nobody in 2002. But as she was nearing thirty, Carlton felt lost.

Ultimately, Vanessa made her way to Peter Gabriel's Real World studios in Box, England, where she created something that harks back to a different era of music-making: ten intimate, evocative songs, recorded direct to tape with a close-knit team of collaborators including producer Steve Osborne, drummer Patrick Hallahan from My Morning Jacket, and guitarist Ari Ingber of the Upwelling. It was not, however, an easy road to get there.

The songs that make up Rabbits on the Run retain Carlton's impeccable melodic sensibility, but are consistently surprising and unpredictable. "Carousel," the opening track and first single, sets a lilting and lyrical mood, while "Hear the Bells" creates a feel that s more ambient and creepy. The structures shift and veer on "London" and "Dear California," yet never lose their propulsion.

1. Carousel
2. I Don t Want To Be A Bride
3. London
4. Fairweather Friends
5. Hear The Bells
6. Dear California
7. Tall Tales For Spring
8. Get Good
9. Marching Line
10. In The End

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 26, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B004XIDR0A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Annie Feng on July 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD
See, this is why you should do everything yourself. Vanessa Carlton's 4th album, although tune-wise just as good as her previous Heroes and Thieves, has MUCH MUCH better mixing. Her idea to use tape-recording is gotta be the best move she has ever made, especially when it comes to an album with only 10 songs, and none has more complex compositions as her previous work such as All I ask and Home. The music is simple, repetitive, but we want to listen to them over and over again for the fantasia, dreamy, child-like innocence she has put in, both in using the children's choir, and changing her voice-style.

Listen to her first album Ordinary Day, and listen to Rabbits on the Run, can you believe that it's the same person? Not only did she grow in voice, but for Rabbits on the Run she stopped singing groovy and raspy, but singing clear and full. This style not only melts so much better with her background vocalists, the children's choir, but succeeds in making her short album as precious as the short precious young memories we adults holds on to. I wasn't satisfied at all at how Heroes and Thieves was mixed, which was apparent in the fact that Irv Gotti, who works with R&B singers, overkilled in making her last album "radio-friendly." And what does "radio-friendly" mean? well, lots of unnecessary "energy-layering" for tunes that are meant to be simple and pure. For example, the mixing of "Hands on Me," initially a lush, sweeping song when Vanessa performed it on a piano, was some-how made into an 80-like pop-rock song, with background vocals that not only did not suite for Vanessa, but jumping in almost randomly, as if to scream: "YEAH WE CAN ROCK IT!!!". If Hands On Me was included on this album instead of the last one, the quality of that song would sound so much better.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kohinata99 on July 26, 2011
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Ever since Heroes & Thieves came out, I've been listening to that album with Harmonium and Be not nobody and have been a loyal fan for years. In 2009 when talk of Vanessa's 4th album was being made, I couldn't wait. I've listened to live versions of Fairweather Friends, London, I don't wanna be a bride (much later) and Waltz (now Tall tales for Spring) and could not wait to hear the album versions of it. As a loyal fan, I downloaded and listened to Carousel the first day it came out and couldn't wait for the album to be releases on July 26, 2011, which is, today. Now that the album is released, it became more than what I expected with the uniqueness of her tape recordings, the children's chorus, the haunting, yet beautiful vibes the songs have (such as in "Hear the bells") and just Vanessa's same catchy tunes from her previous albums that I've always enjoyed. I was jumping in my seat while listening to the new version of Fairweather Friends since I've been listening to a live version on my mp3 player for 2 years. "Get Good" is another great song and so is "Dear California," but so are ALL of the songs on this record. Just like her last three albums, Rabbits on the Run is a must have for all true Nessaholics like me and anyone who loved "A Thousand Miles" back in 2002 and my all time favorites: "Who's to say (from Harmonium)" and "Hands on Me" and "Home (from Heroes & Thieves)."

Just like Stevie Nicks stated, "Vanessa is one of the great ones, and if you take her into your heart, she will never let you go," I am one of those people who will forever carry Vanessa and her songs with me since they've influenced my life so much and got me through my high school years and college. All I can say is give this album a chance and give Vanessa Carlton a chance.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By LovesOutlaw on August 2, 2011
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Without a doubt, this album is truly magical. As someone who never cared for Vanessa's previous work, I can say without hesitation that "Rabbits on the Run" is her masterpiece. I became obsessive about this albums release once I stumbled upon a youtube video of "I Don't Want to Be A Bride". It was everything I would like to say, and a sentiment very seldomly echoed. Other favorites of mine include "Fairweather Friends" and "Tall Tales For Spring". Although every song seems to have a piece of my heart. She brings us hope and light "...the goodness is something you don't have to chase, 'cause it's following you." (Carousel)and takes us to her dark places "And the graveyard on Elizabeth, where no one ever goes, kneeling praying to a gravestone, but the gravestone never tells" (Hear the Bells). The album SOUNDS amazing too, partly because it was all recorded to tape. Nothing flashy here folks, there are no smoke and mirrors. THIS is what being an artist truly is.

So if you have judged Vanessa from her past work, and think she has nothing to offer you, take a listen. This album will suprise you...and maybe put you under it's spell.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 22, 2011
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Browsing for nothing in particular, this album caught my eye. "Rabbits On The Run". Interesting enough. Images of white rabbits running with little pocket watches came to mind.

So a gave the previews a listen. And what I heard was a beautiful haunting voice of a young girl singing languid melodies. Each song so different from the others.

I've given other albums 5-stars amazon reviews. I regret that now. This album is a true 5-star album, and if I could give it more I would. I know nothing about this artist, her history, her other albums... all I know is this music... Rabbits On The Run. And it haunts me.
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