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Rabbits on the Run

Rabbits on the Run by Vanessa Carlton
Released: Jul 2011
Label: Razor & Tie
If you only heard the first three tracks of Vanessa Carlton's fourth album, you'd be forgiven for worrying that the girl has just never quite found a way to evolve beyond the plinkety-plankety-angsty coffee-shop pop of her big hit, "A Thousand Miles." Then "Fairweather Friend," awash in driving currents of piano and waves of strings, makes your ears perk up. And then, "Hear the Bells," with its gauzy minimalism and echoing vocals, begins a series of hazy, vintage-hued tracks that sound like what an Anthropologie ad looks like. Vanessa skips through them all like a honey-voiced love child.
Rachel Devitt