And both artists would continue to record collaborative works with other artists as well long into the future.
In 2003, Michelle Branch released her sophomore album, , an album that received mixed reviews but that managed to go platinum and spawn two top 40 hits, “Are You Happy Now?
She got frustrated with metaphorically having to perform fellatio to have her songs played on the radio  and decided to form a country duo with a friend of hers named Jessica Harp called The Wreckers, though she (having had a couple of successful albums) was able to keep her record deal while doing so.
Vanessa Carlton was not so fortunate after her own sophomore album experience.
Her own less platonic duo with Stephen Jenkins of the San Francisco-based rock band Third Eye Blind informed a grittier and darker sophomore album named that was released in 2004.
She had three hits off the album, the most successful being her top 10 debut, “A Thousand Miles,” as well as her thoughtful second hit “Ordinary Day,” and her melancholy minor hit (just missing the Hot 100) “Pretty Baby” including a seeming swipe at Michelle Branch with a cheating boyfriend having given her a guitar for a present before showing himself unworthy.
Her desires for increased autonomy on the album led to tensions that led her to lose her record deal with A & M, and seek a fresh start elsewhere with her dissatisfaction about the music industry intact.
Michelle Branch’s change of direction and fresh start as a country singer with The Wreckers was successful.
She not only recorded her own album, but she also helped the band Justincase get their own record deal and co-wrote (and sang on) their hit single, along with singing with Hanson.
Besides these early collaborations, a major theme throughout her career, Michelle Branch’s debut album included three strong hits: a bright and cheery debut, “Everywhere,” the more reflective “All You Wanted,” and the rather melancholy “Goodbye To You,” all of which hit the top 40 of the Hot 100 , and her debut album went double platinum, earning her a few Grammy nominations, including one for best new artist.
The second agenda is that these two people were models of a particular type of person and shared roughly analogous and “parallel” experiences and personalities.