Close-Up, Vol. 2: People & Places

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The second installment of Suzanne Vega's four-part thematically arranged intimate re-recordings of her catalog is People & Places, a concept that allows for the inclusion of her two biggest hits, "Luka" and "Tom's Diner." Both are here, given austere arrangements that are emblematic of the entirety of the album. Much of this is spare enough to suggest that the album contains nothing but Vega and her guitar, but these are not solo re-recordings -- they're tastefully colored with strings, electric guitars, and light percussion, subtly changing the feel of some songs but not the intent. Apart from selections from the densely produced 99.9 F°, there are no great...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The second installment of Suzanne Vega's four-part thematically arranged intimate re-recordings of her catalog is People & Places, a concept that allows for the inclusion of her two biggest hits, "Luka" and "Tom's Diner." Both are here, given austere arrangements that are emblematic of the entirety of the album. Much of this is spare enough to suggest that the album contains nothing but Vega and her guitar, but these are not solo re-recordings -- they're tastefully colored with strings, electric guitars, and light percussion, subtly changing the feel of some songs but not the intent. Apart from selections from the densely produced 99.9 F°, there are no great reinterpretations of Vega's work and even those three don't feel drastically different, just unadorned, fitting the "Close-Up" concept quite well. Curiously, the entire Close-Up project sidesteps nostalgia, and not just because Vega finds space to include a new song, "The Man Who Played God," co-written with the late Mark Linkous and Danger Mouse, here. She may be revisiting her past but she's not attempting to re-create it, and this clear-eyed, unsentimental attitude goes a long way toward making these records work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • Label: Amanuensis Productions
  • UPC: 698519250223
  • Catalog Number: 92502
  • Sales rank: 126,980

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Luka - Suzanne Vega (3:13)
  2. 2 Zephyr & I - Suzanne Vega (3:09)
  3. 3 Ny is a Woman - Suzanne Vega (2:58)
  4. 4 In Liverpool - Suzanne Vega (4:49)
  5. 5 Calypso - Suzanne Vega (3:45)
  6. 6 Fat Man & Dancing Girl - Suzanne Vega (2:17)
  7. 7 The Queen & the Soldier - Suzanne Vega (5:02)
  8. 8 Rock In This Pocket (Song of David) - Suzanne Vega (3:39)
  9. 9 Angel's Doorway - Suzanne Vega (2:52)
  10. 10 Ironbound/Fancy Poultry - Suzanne Vega (5:01)
  11. 11 Neighborhood Girls - Suzanne Vega (3:32)
  12. 12 Tom's Diner - Suzanne Vega (4:33)
  13. 13 The Man Who Played God - Suzanne Vega (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Suzanne Vega Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Michael Visceglia Bass
Gerry Leonard Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ruby Froom Background Vocals
Brooklyn Rider String Quartet
Doug Yowell Percussion
Technical Credits
Suzanne Vega Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Karl Berger String Arrangements
Joe Blaney Engineer
Mark Linkous Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Gerry Leonard Arranger, Cello Arrangement
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Danger Mouse Composer
Nick Steinhardt Art Direction
Mike Visceglia Arranger
Mitchell From Composer
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