Vanessa Carlton Live Is Classic Piano Beauty
    • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016

    • Posted by: Don Saas

    Last year, I was lucky enough to have the chance to go to a Vanessa Carlton show at City Winery here in New York City. It was a sublimely beautiful performance...and one that I wasn't able to see at all because I was seated in a part of the venue (with the other members of the press) with almost no view of the stage at all. Thankfully, Vanessa Carlton has released a live video for "Matter of Time" off of last year's excellent Liberman so I can see all of the visuals that I missed last year.

    "Matter of Time" is one of the songs off the record where Carlton was joined by her husband (and Deer Tick frontman) John McCauley. It also features some gorgeous string work from her violinist Skye Steele (who was one of my favorite parts of the evening when I saw Carlton live), but the track is anchored by Carlton's highly emotional voice and and the gorgeous melodies that she's able to spin on the piano. Honestly, the performance of all of the songs on the Liberman tour is so solid that I would love to get my hands on a live album from one of the stops on the tour.

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