Overall: Nice live instrumentation & reflective lyrics. Kind of gloomy, though. You have to be in the mood for this record.
“Rabbits on the Run,” the peculiar and “open to interpretation” title of Vanessa Carlton’s fourth album is befitting of its imaginative and symbolic lyrical content that addresses the cynical optimism that comes with living and loving. Carlton is in such a reflective space on this album, you’d think she was 80 instead of almost 31- which isn’t a bad thing, considering the shallow nature of most albums these days. The lyrics combined with “Rabbits’” sullen music will cause you to meditate on your own life, if not put you in a gloomier mood. The downside of “Rabbits” is that you have to be in a gloomier or relaxed mood to listen to it all the way though. If not in the right mood, the album could come off as dull. Also, Carlton’s vocals can be hard to listen to for a long period of time, being child-like and squeaky. Overall, it’s a decent album.