IN RETROSPECT: Vanessa Carlton – “White Houses”

Vanessa Carlton is probably best known for her 2002 debut hit single “A Thousand Miles”, or its memorable feature in the 2004 film White Chicks. That iconic piano motif and those whimsical lyrics of longing won over a lot of hearts, as well as earning the American three Grammy Award nominations, with both the song and her debut album Be Not Nobody charting in several countries.

Carlton has since gone on to release more albums, albeit with less commercial success and not without some label issues, including her most recent Liberman in 2015. But shortly after her big break came her sophomore album, Harmonium (2004), named after the organ-type musical instrument. “White Houses” was the lead single and opening track, co-written and produced by Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind), and it’s a coming-of-age story of na├»vety, friendships, comparison and the sensitive topic of losing one’s virginity.

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