Heroes & Thieves - Vanessa Carlton
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  • Summary: Vanessa Carlton's third album is her first on The Inc. label.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. The driving finale, 'Home,' finds her asserting, "Let's live in the glory," and hitting a magnificent buoyant piano bridge that says as much.
  2. Packaged in big, bright doses of piano-pop, her expressions of puppy love are as irresistible as puppies themselves.
  3. Fans of Carlton's indelible white-chick anthem "A Thousand Miles," on the other hand, have plenty to be excited about, since Heroes presents another batch of appealingly wistful reflections on life and love.
  4. However precious her poetry can be, Carlton always pins it to melodies that morph and expand evocatively.
  5. The material in general isn't exactly what you'd expect from an artist who left the nest in search of creative freedom and appreciation, making Heroes & Thieves somewhat less rewarding than her last album.
  6. Her voice is too sweet and girlish to command, her melodies mellifluous but not grabbing--but Heroes & Thieves flows easily, and it's a nice return to the strengths of her debut.
  7. 70
    An album this pretty can make you believe in romantic spells lasting beyond first semester.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. dddd
    Oct 13, 2007
  2. czarv.
    Oct 11, 2007
    this album is really good. it's real music! something we DESPERATELY need!
  3. MarkF
    Oct 22, 2008
    Let me star this off by saying Vanessa Carlton is my favorite singer.I am not blinded by that and automatically say that evrything is amazing,I really try to explore for faults.On Heroes and Thieves.however,there is none.Harmonium is still my favorite,an amazing album that suffered because of it's marketing failure.I think Universal Motown coulda marketed this one better also...Anyways,it starts off with the killer comeback,"Nolita Fairytale",and from then on is truly stellar.She is nearly flawless!!!I recommend to anyone that enjoys great music.Can't wait for her fourth album!!! Expand
  4. fina
    Oct 15, 2007
    best album 2007
  5. PatrickM
    Nov 19, 2007
    Personally, those who said it was a rather disappointing album, I think it's a very good one. She was in search of her musical position, rather than her creativity, and one article even says that she had the thought of leaving music itself. Also, The second album wasn't necessarily considered as "classic" - critic wise. Her music, yes, is definitely wonderful and melodious. Lyrically, critic didn't prefer it as a VC type. Though, I think that everything she writes is deep and meaningful. Don't get me wrong, I love all of her songs and albums. Expand
  6. Allen
    Jan 12, 2008
    Vanessa Carlton is truly an amazing artist inside and out and everywhere else.
  7. JoseG.
    Oct 17, 2007
    Nothing here stacks up with "A Thousand Miles". I easily preferred her other albums to this.

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