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Singer-Songwriter Vanessa Carlton Explores New Musical Territory on Latest Album 

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click to enlarge EDDIE CHACON
  • Eddie Chacon
When singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton entered the pop/rock world in 2002, superficial female pop singers dominated the airwaves. That year, Forbes magazine called singer Britney Spears the world's most powerful celebrity.

In that context, Carlton’s single “A Thousand Miles” came across as something more substantial. With its lilting vocals and spirited string arrangement, the tune had more in common with alt-rock acts such as Tori Amos or the Cranberries. And it became a huge hit, effectively launching Carlton’s career.

Subsequent albums haven’t been as commercially successful, but Carlton remains a pop star of some stature, even if Forbes hasn’t bestowed any ridiculous titles upon her.

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