Rabbits on the Run

Rabbits on the Run

by Vanessa Carlton


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Shifting to indie Razor & Tie after a four-year hiatus following her 2007 album, Heroes & Thieves, Vanessa Carlton turns inward on her fourth album, Rabbits on the Run. Embracing all the spectral elements that ran underneath the surface of her music, Carlton avoids any of the surging orchestrations or any suggestions of cheer, spending long stretches of the album alone with her piano, and when the arrangements are fleshed-out, they're done so subtly that it often seems as if she's singing alone in the studio. Even if it has the effect of turning Rabbits on the Run into something of an unintentional Tori Amos homage, it's an appropriately austere setting for Carlton's melancholy introspections, ruminations that don't offer any easy way inside. Unlike "A Thousand Miles" or the two albums that dealt with the repercussions of her initial success, this is music made with no audience in mind: it is strikingly personal, to the extent that it suggests that Carlton needs to get this soul-searching out of her system in order to move forward.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/26/2011
Label: Razor & Tie
UPC: 0793018313520
catalogNumber: 83135
Rank: 59788

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vanessa Carlton   Primary Artist,Piano,Harmonium
Steve Osborne   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Mellotron,Hammond B3
Bruce White   Viola
Richard Henry   Tuba
Everton Nelson   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Ian Burdge   Cello
Patrick Hallahan   Percussion,Drums
Trevor Mires   Trombone
Isaac Jones   Timpani,Snare Drums
Richard Ashton   French Horn
Capital Children's Choir   Choir, Chorus
Ari Ingber   Guitar
Rachel Santesso   Choir Director
Damian Johnson   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Steve Osborne   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Vanessa Carlton   Composer,String Arrangements
Jordan Feldstein   Management
Robin Baynton   Engineer
Ari Ingber   Composer
Dan Austin   Engineer
Mitch Rose   Booking
Brian Manning   Booking
Joanna Popowicz   Engineer
Jo Ratcliffe   Artwork,Art Direction

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Rabbits on the Run 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JuliardJim More than 1 year ago
Vanessa Carlton is a talented composer and accomplished pianist, as well as artful arranger. The bright and cheerful mood of this album is mostly a result of Vanessa's composing, but given a boost by the Capitol Children's Choir, which adds an angelic feeling to Carousel, Fairweather Friend, and I Don't Want to Be A Bride. Most songs are like walking into a fantasy, but the childhood experience includes darker moods. Hear the Bells is a haunting melody with just the right amount of tension followed by a spaciness that's hard to describe. Rabbits on the Run isn't a concept album, even though Carousel is related to Watership Down, and Tall Tales for Spring mentions Stephen Hawking. Most of the songs are about love and friendship. Overall it's a magical listening experience. The only weak songs are Dear California (which is peppy but predictable), and Get Good, which sounds like it was thrown in. Otherwise, Vanessa Carlton has created a nice album of intelligent, understated and highly crafted songs. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago