Heroes & Thieves - Vanessa Carlton
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  • Summary: Vanessa Carlton's third album is her first on The Inc. label.
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  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