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Hip-hop producer/entrepreneur Irv Gotti played a strong role in Carlton's unlikely leap to The Inc. Records, becoming his first new signing since inking a deal with Universal Motown Records. Although he and Carlton seemed cut from vastly different cloth in light of his legendary string of urban successes for Ashanti, Ja Rule, DMX, Jay Z and others the union proved solid. He was so positive and spontaneous, says Carlton. I began to realize we were alike in a lot of ways. Along with his rare passion and vision, he has a finely tuned ear which made me believe he could guide any type of musical project.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: The Inc.
  • ASIN: B000VKJ6UY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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I liked Be Not Nobody, loved Harmonium, and absolutely am AMAZED by Heroes And Thieves. While Vanessa has always incorporated classic pop like Carole King and Billy Joel into her music, she really goes in the classic pop direction on Heroes & Thieves (the piano on the song "Heroes And Thieves" is even a bit like Billy Joel's "Piano Man"), and she pulls it off extremely well - aided by her voice, which doesn't over-emote as much on this CD. I think this kind of music suits her voice better than some of the Goth-influenced and darker stuff she has done before. "Nolita Fairytale," with its rollicking, busy rhythm, also is different from most of the CD. Favorite songs are: "My Best," "Spring Street," "Come Undone," "Heroes And Thieves," and "Home."
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Vanessa Carlton returns with her third studio album, stirring up the music world with her pop ballads. Heroes And Thieves is in large comparison with its predecessor, and basically is an extension of tracks to Harmonium. Carlton's composition and performance are very much the same between the two albums revealing that she has more then likely discovered her signature sound. That's a great accomplishment, especially for a pianist her age. Pieces from this album are artisticlly driven by melodic vocals, and harmonic backing by guitars, bass, back up vocals, and crafted string sections. Percussion was carefully selected to blend majesticlly into a song, and create an end product which will leave fans in awe. Progressions are simple, but are so perfectly perfromed they are purely pleasing to one's ear. Dynamics are in full, bringing forth the clarity and distinctiveness to musical lines and chords. Joining Carlton on the track "The One" is none other than Stevie Nicks, and the two make an interesting pair of performers. It leaves a listener to hope for more collaboration with other artists on future albums and show tours. Once again, Vanessa worked with Third Eye Blind's Stephin Jenkins making it clear that the duo end up creating amazing music. After a hearing of Heroes And Thieves; fans will be left with their fingers crossed, hoping Vanessa Carlton lands another record deal to create even more albums.

Stand out tracks:
"Hands On Me"
"Come Undone"
"Heores And Thieves"
"Feels Like Me"
"Home"
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I love Vanessa's music style, the melodic yet syncopated rhythms with a strong piano background. It may seem simple, but in some ways that's what makes her music so refreshing. While "Be Not Nobody" had a few tracks that I liked, this album is as a whole one I could listen to all the way through without skipping any tracks. Her best album to date. My favorite tracks are "Heroes and Thieves," "Come Undone," "Fools Like Me," "My Best," and "Nolita Fairytale," which is an excellent opener. Great music Vanessa; keep it up. I hope people who aren't familiar with Vanessa Carlton's music give it a try. You may be surprised.
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Vanessa Carlton
Heroes & Thieves
(The Inc)
US release date: 9 October 2007
UK release date: 22 October 2007

by Tony Sclafani

Every reviewer approaches a given artist's work with some degree of bias. So, I'll admit upfront I am biased in favor of singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton and was predisposed to liking her newest CD, Heroes & Thieves.

How predisposed was I? Well, when her previous CD, Harmonium, came out in 2002, I became so obsessed with the single "White Houses" I played it non-stop for days. No, wait, make that weeks. OK, OK, I obsessed over this song for months. I converted the MP3 into a wave file and did some of my own edits. I spent so much time thinking about the song's story (teenage girl loses her virginity and looks back in regret) that I used to dream the song. Why was the song's male character wearing a red shirt? Was that a foreshadowing of the blood Carlton references on the bridge? And why did this song remind me of the obscure 1980 tune "Straight Lines" by the UK band New Music? Was it something in the melody? Or did it tap into a similar lyrical theme about displacement in society? And why was a guy in his 30s (me) this moved by a song about a circumstance (and gender) from which I'm very removed?

Eventually, I was hospitalized and they gave me little yellow pills to obliterate the "White Houses" in my head. OK, I'm kidding about that part. But I really did get committed--committed to the concept of Vanessa Carlton as a brilliant singer-songwriter who, I believe, was unfairly marginalized as a teen-pop singer because her first hit, "A Thousand Miles", connected with the post-Britney crowd. They may have, like, so outgrown Carlton in no time, but Carlton, then 22, was just starting to grow as a musician.
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Before listening to Heroes & Thieves I've gotten full doses of Be Not Nobody and Harmonium. I love her music, and with every lyric, song, and album Carlton puts out, it almost always has a different flavor, even if it's a subtle one. In Heroes & Thieves, I think Carlton's put out her best yet. She's come a long way from "A Thousand Miles" and has progressed tremendously in her sound.

Be Not Nobody and Harmonium are incomparable in terms of sound and lyric to Carlton's latest. Heroes & Thieves just sounds good-even the longer, more drawn out songs like "Home" and "Come Undone." My favorites are "Hands on Me," "Spring Street," "My Best," and "The One (which features the amazing Stevie Nicks!)." Be Not Nobody had a greater "pop" vibe out of her three albums (in my opinion). Harmonium definitely had much deeper and lush songs, including "Afterglow" and "San Francisco," but still had Carlton's signature piano base. Simply put, Heroes & Thieves blows her other two albums out of the water! They were great albums, mind you, but neither compare of H & T.

Every song of H & T paints a different picture, from summer love, to coming-of-age, to self realization. This album has a great mix of songs. Great melodies, lyrics, and moods circulate all throughout this album.

I can honestly say (not just because I'm a fan of Vanessa Carlton) that this is one of the best albums I've listened to. Carlton's longtime fans won't be disappointed, and new listeners will get a taste of Carlton's finest. Enjoy!
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