Review & video: Vanessa Carlton at The Independent

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Vanessa Carlton

Carlton, who has moved from New York to Nashville, recently had a daughter with husband John McCauley of Deer Tick and released her fifth album, Liberman, in October. Tuesday’s show at The Independent served as an introduction to the new material to the near-sellout crowd. Liberman, named for Carlton’s maternal grandfather’s last name, differs from Carlton’s sparsely arranged songbook. It’s covered in reverb and layered orchestration, which in the live show was recreated with multiple loops by violinist Skye Steele. Her 13-song set was split up with a beginning and end of older material (“White Houses, “A Thousand Miles,” etc.), while the middle of the sandwich (Carlton’s metaphor) was comprised of the majority of the new album. Each of the new songs received the backstory treatment, which added to the intimacy of the evening. Live standouts included “Operator” and “House of Seven Swords.”

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