Harmonium - Vanessa Carlton
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  • Summary: The singer's second effort finds her teamed with Third Eye Blind leader (and current beau) Stephan Jenkins.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
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  1. With lyrics that sound like teen soap-opera scripts and music so mellow it makes Dido sound like an espresso junkie, songs like "White Houses" and "She Floats" are tailor-made to soothe the soul.
  2. Amid the dippy Dear Diary lyrics and gratuitous string sections, however, are a few treasures. [12 Nov 2004, p.122]
  3. Harmonium is confident and somber, a conscious attempt to be serious and mature that nevertheless still sounds adolescent, largely due to her earnest lyrics and overly ambitious music.
  4. Even if this album perhaps only has one hope for a hit single, the album is much stronger and reflects that unlike many of her contemporaries, Carlton is moving forwards and towards something.
  5. You can't simply put strings on next to every song and think that makes you a mature artist.
  6. Though Carlton's a better lyricist than faded contemporaries such as Michelle Branch, that fussy piano tends to muscle her out of her own songs.
  7. 40
    She seems to have a sound that needs more sophisticated compositions. [Nov 2004, p.95]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
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