Less damaged than Fiona Apple and more grounded than Tori Amos, 22-year-old Vanessa Carlton has the kind of old-soul voice that older souls wouldn't mind spending time with. On Be Not Nobody, she wends her way through a solid debut grounded in a journey of self-discovery and love. A former ballerina, Carlton launches her new career auspiciously, under the guidance of her record label's president and backed by a full orchestra to complement the fluid piano style Carlton honed with the help of her mother, a music teacher. The stunning results range from the breezy breakout single "A Thousand Miles" -- which, with its delicate piano runs and jaunty beat, is reminiscent of a Gen-Y version of Marc Cohn's early-'90s Grammy winner "Walking in Memphis" -- to the sweeping optimism of "Ordinary Day." Elsewhere, Carlton sheds the strings and uses stabbing, piano-driven counter-rhythms, rumbling bass, and a desperate edge in her voice to pump up the palpable tension in "Prince." Equally notable is a sinister, jam-session version of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black." As her debut's title foretells, Vanessa Carlton is a major somebody on the verge of resurrecting the female singer-songwriter movement that last showed its alluring face in the mid-'90s. Lilith Fair 2002, anyone?
Performance CreditsVanessa Carlton Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Bruce Dukov Violin
Sid Page Violin
Bob Adcock Cello
Alex Al Electric Upright Bass
Chuck Berghofer Upright Bass
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Luis Conte Percussion
Mathew Cooker Viola
Larry Corbett Cello
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Stephen Erdody Cello
Ron Fair Organ,Harmonica,Conductor,Vibes
Kirstin Fife Violin
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
John Goux Dulcimer,Guitar,Sitar
Susan Greenberg Woodwind
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Clayton Haslop Violin
Trey Henry Double Bass
Dan Higgins Recorder,Woodwind
Randy Kerber Conductor
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
David Low Cello
Rene Mandel Violin
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Robin Olson Violin
Simon Oswell Viola
Katia Popov Violin
Barbara Porter Violin
Emil Richards Vibes
Mark Robertson Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
David Shostac Woodwind
Sheridon Stokes Woodwind
Cecilia Tsan Cello
John Wittenberg Violin
Margaret Wooten Violin
Ken Yerke Violin
Gayle Levant Harp
Dmitri Boviard Viola
Karen Elaine Bakunin Viola
Suzie Katayama Cello
Leland Sklar Bass
Natalie Leggett Violin
Timothy Landauer Cello
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Rose Corrigan Woodwind
Michael Valerio Double Bass
Abe Laboriel Drums
Nico Abandolo Double Bass
Cindy Ellis Woodwind
Keith Grezen Viola
Becky Bunnell Violin
Tiffany Yi Hu Violin
Karen Van Sant Viola
Phillip Levy Violin
Marlow Fisher Viola
Paul Cohen Viola
Franklyn D'Antonio Violin
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Mario de León Violin
Sarah Parkins Violin
Technical CreditsMick Jagger Composer
Ron Fair Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Randy Kerber Arranger
Keith Richards Composer
Bill Schnee Engineer
Michael C. Ross Engineer
Drew FitzGerald Art Direction,Illustrations
Tal Herzberg Engineer
Vanessa Carlton Arranger,Executive Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Be Not Nobody based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Vanessa carlton's new album ''Be Not Nobody'' is not short of amazing. From the opening riffs of ''Ordinary Day'' to the last trailing of ''Twilight''. ''Be Not Nobody'' is an album you will not be able to let go of. Vanessa's amazing voice, beautiful lyrics, and awesome piano playing make her seem so much older than 21 years. Vanessa is a very talented musician. This album contains 10 orginal songs written by Vanessa, and one cover. The 9th track on this album is an awesome cover of the Rolling stones ''Paint It Black''. ''Pretty Baby'' is sure to be a fan fave, and is easy to see why. ''A Thousand Miles'' is already a huge hit, and recently reached top 10 on the Billboard hot 100 singles chart, and # 3 on MTV's top 10. The next single ''Ordinary Day'' is sure to do the same. Each of these songs speaks to the listener in a dlfferent way. Part of the beauty of ''Be Not Nobody'' is the way everyone can relate to it. My personal favorites are: ''Ordinary Day'', ''Unsung'', ''A Thousand Miles'', 'Pretty Baby'',''Sway'', but honestly, there is not one song on this album i don't like. Make sure you get your copy of ''Be Not Nobody'' you won't be disappointed.
This album is great. It is filled with haunting melodies and lyrics. The piano and orchestrations give each song its own intimate feel. From the moment I previewed the album, I was anxious to get my hands on it. It totally impressed me. I've been listening to it contently since.
I don't own the c.d. right now, but am in the process of buying it. I have listened to it lots and lots of times before because my sister has it. I think it's a great c.d. Probably my favorite.
After a long surge of talentless teen pop princesses, along comes some true talent. Vanessa Carlton's debut CD ''Be Not Nobody'' may very well help set the standards to upcoming 'pop' music. Carlton not only sings beautifully, but she also wrote 10 of the 11 songs on the album(the 11th is a remake of the Rollingstones tune ''Paint it Black.) Among the songs on the album include her first single ''A Thousand Miles'', the hauntingly ''Twilight'' and ''Paradise''. A mix of pop/rock with a touch of jazz, Carlton's debut CD is sure to please. Just a listen of each of her songs will reveal Carlton's seeming endless talents.
I think that Vanessa is a very talented and inspiring singer. Her music is sweet and simple, with a very important message. I hope that she continues to climb the charts and be blessed
Vanessa's lyrics are awesome- it's cool how she wrote most of her songs by herself, and they really sound like they came from deep inside of herself. The only problem with this CD is that most of the songs sound the same. With that problem you get bored very easily with the rest of the album. Vanessa's voice is beautiful, but it's not the best voice out there I've heard. If you don't like listening to alot of slow songs, don't get this CD.
Vanessa's songs sure have hit the top list of my music world. She is SO talented in many ways. She can definately tickle those ivories!!! I love the song A thousand Miles so much because my fiance and I live several hundered miles away from each other. I think that this song is going to be OUR song for a while. Good luck Vanessa!
I JUST HEARD THE ALBUM AND IT SOUNDED GREAT. I INVITE YOU TO GO TO THE VANESSA CARLTON'S FORUM ON EFGFORUM.COM!
VANESSA is so good at the piano, I have also bought her sheet music book! She is so talkented and deserves all three grammys! Vanessa rocks!
I hate to say that I didn't enjoy this album much, because I loved her single "A Thousand Miles". The rest of the cd is pretty much filler, and I think she has more potential than that.
I didn't think that this album would stun me the way it did......all of the songs are great and the whole album is saturated with beauty and talent.....the emotion is absolutely incredible.....do NOT miss out on this masterpiece
Vanesssa Calrton is the years best new artist. She is a local down to earth girl who has hit it big with her sensational talent. Not only can she sing, play the piano, and dance but she is also pretty hot. Be Not Nobody is an instant smash i recommend that you stop looking at it and buy it already.
I love Vanessa! She's a dancer, and a singer! I love her music. You should definitly buy her cd!!! I Am !!!! :)
i love this c.d.! some of the songs are a little boring, but i love the songs "wanted","paint it black", "ordinary day", and "twilight" i like some others, but these are the best! GET THIS C.D!
Not only is her music great, but she is a hottie and I heard she knows ballet. Vanessa, will you marry me?
I totally love Vanessa's Cd. I especially like ''1000 miles'', it's the best. Keep rolling out excellent music like that, and you could be a diva!!!
Vannesa Carlton's album is fantastic. Her style shines through her unique voice, beautiful piano music, and stirring lyrics. It is an essential addition to every music collection!
Vanessa's cd is the best I am sitting here listening to it now. My favorite song is a thousand miles and ordinary day. I definitly reccomend this cd it is so great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vanessa Carlton is the best singer of all. She sings and plays the piano well. I love all your songs especially "Pretty Baby"!!!.
I was a bit skepticle when I purchased Vanessa Carlton's album Be Not Nobody mostly because I thought she might be another bubblegum act, of course I was very wrong. vanessa has the most amazing melodic voice, her tunes are written so gracefully and she sings her heart out on many of them. A favorite of mine on the album would be "Rinse" mostly because I could relate and the way her voice sounds on that track makes you shiver. Vaness also redid the classic Rolling Stones song "Paint it black" which she made all her own, its a hiper chicker version which you just cant miss. Another tarck names "Prince" tells a story of somethign she has longed for, actually each and every song this album tells some type of story which anybody can connect too. This album is much to powerful not to have. But I must say that "Ordinary Day" still stands out the most, just because of what it presents. The whole album is wonderful. This young women has the lungs and the voice of everything positive, she was quite the old soul. To me, she is the top performer of 2002. Alicia Keys has nothing on her, this women is amazing, just as her talented fingers.
Be Not Nobody takes is in one word stunning. Ms.Carlton has it in spades she has the orchestral arrangements of 70's and 80's chantuese Kate Bush. The Killer piano of Amos. Except this time its better. Carlton plays it simple and straight. The Woman posseses a cool duality in bot some songs are dark and innocent. The woman has the potential to knock down icons like Sarah McLachlan who left us hanging in 97.
Vanessa Carlton is my number one singer!!! My fave songs of hers are Ordinary Day and 1,000 miles. I love her songs and I just Know she will last for a long time. I just know she'll be a very big star soon!!!
Vanessa's sound brings a bitter sweet taste of pop & a bit of country to the world all around her everywhere. I say, the next big thing. My prayers are said for her to have the best in the superstar universe.
I love two songs a thousand miles and ordinary day. I think you will to people. so long.
i've been playn the piano since i was 5 but wat i play is NOTHIN like V's playin!! she ROCKS!! i'll do ANYTHING just to play like her...