Credit: Brantley Gutierrez

Out: Tuesday 7/26

Us Rating: **1/2

Thanks to Vanessa Carlton, piano-driven pop music is alive and (mostly) well. True, none of the singles on her fourth album will live up to her inaugural smash, 2002's "A Thousand Miles." But the singer's gentle delivery and ivory-tickling excel on soul-searching efforts such as the blissful "I Don't Want to Be a Bride." (Razor & Tie)