Vanessa Carlton Photograph by Chris MacPherson
Chris Willman
May 06, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Be Not Nobody

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Vanessa Carlton
Producers
Universal

We gave it a C

In the wake of the teen-pop bust, labels are signing female singer-songwriters again. Oops, it’s still girls they want. Carlton, 21, doesn’t sound a day over 17 on her debut, Be Not Nobody, whether she’s making ”TRL” safe for sensitive pianists again or not. She’s almost got Tori’s intricate keyboard figures and edgy vocal style down, but there’ll be none of the famous Amos loopiness in these earnest self-help bromides. By the time Carlton incongruously covers the Stones’ ”Paint It Black,” you can safely predict her pink bedroom will go unvarnished.

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