“Carlton still writes about love in a way that cuts through the noise.” – Paper Magazine
“Vanessa Carlton has refined her voice as a songwriter… and it’s turning heads.” –Rolling Stone“It’s time we give her the credit she’s earned.” – Paste
“The pop piano star has remade herself as an indie singer-songwriter.” – The Cut
“Vanessa Carlton is a formidable artist.” – Variety
“Forget the Vanessa Carlton you used to know.” – NYLON “Another promising taste of this LP.” – Brooklyn Vegan
Nashville, TN – May 6, 2020 – Tying into the recent release of her sixth studio album, Vanessa Carlton will perform her single “The Only Way To Love” tonight onFull Frontal with Samantha Bee at 10:30/9:30c on TBS.
The song is off her new album Love Is An Art (Dine Alone) and produced by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Flaming Lips). Love Is An Art explores the eternal seesaw that is human connection: the push, the pull, the balance, the bottoming out. It’s that constantly evolving nature of love, expectations and compassion that Carlton analyzes from all angles on Love Is An Art, from romantic, to parental, to the friends that hold us up and the leaders that repeatedly let us down.
This art project is being released during unprecedented times. There could not be a better time to send this out to the world. Music connects us and frees us all at once. It will be art that gives us the strength to survive these times. I spent two years working on this music with visionary artists and I hope that people feel healed by our muses. Despite this invisible war we are fighting, we must find the quiet moments to simply listen and connect and feel human.– Vanessa Carlton
Love Is An Art is an extremely dynamic LP filled with sticky melodies and haunting phrases as well as experimental constructions: super high highs, super low lows, and song structures that break the mold from the expected. Unlike her previous, critically-acclaimed 2015 album Liberman, which Carlton describes as having a calming, almost meditative palette, Love Is An Art reads, and sounds, “red.” Huge. Passionate. The color of a beating heart.
Carlton has constantly challenged both herself and the expectations that surround her throughout her lengthy, accomplished career: she attended both the School of American Ballet and Columbia University, and was discovered as a singer-songwriter/pianist when a cassette tape demo was given to legendary music impresario Ahmet Ertegun. With her debut single “A Thousand Miles,” Carlton soared to the top of the Billboard charts and garnered multiple Grammy nominations, though that song is only a small fraction of the body of work and artistic identity she’s developed since then, ever evolving and growing as a performer and songwriter. In the summer of 2019, she pushed that even further, making her Broadway debut as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Previously Released Videos
The Only Way To Love – Video
Future Pain – Video
Love Is An Art Track listing 1. I Can’t Stay The Same
2. Companion Star
3. I Know You Don’t Mean It
4. Die, Dinosaur
5. Love Is An Art
6. Future Pain
7. Back To Life
9. The Only Way To Love
11. Miner’s Canary