Suzanne Vega

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Though early comparisons were made to Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega's true antecedents were Janis Ian and Leonard Cohen. Like Ian, she sings with a precise, frequently half-spoken phrasing that gives her lyrics an intensity that seems to suggest an unsteady control consciously held over emotional chaos. Like Cohen, Vega observes the world in poetic metaphor, her cold urban landscapes reflecting a troubled sense of love and loss. The key track is "Small Blue Thing," in which the singer pictures herself as an object "Like a marble/or an eye," "made of china/made of glass," "lost inside your pocket," and "turning in your hand." The sharply picked acoustic guitar and other ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Though early comparisons were made to Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega's true antecedents were Janis Ian and Leonard Cohen. Like Ian, she sings with a precise, frequently half-spoken phrasing that gives her lyrics an intensity that seems to suggest an unsteady control consciously held over emotional chaos. Like Cohen, Vega observes the world in poetic metaphor, her cold urban landscapes reflecting a troubled sense of love and loss. The key track is "Small Blue Thing," in which the singer pictures herself as an object "Like a marble/or an eye," "made of china/made of glass," "lost inside your pocket," and "turning in your hand." The sharply picked acoustic guitar and other isolated musical elements echo the closely observed scenes -- everything seems to be in tight close-up and sharp focus. Often, the singer seems to be using the songs to measure an emotional distance; sometimes, as in "Marlene on the Wall," she observes her own actions from a remove. In "Freeze Tag," she tells a companion, "I will be Dietrich/and you can be Dean"; in "Marlene," a poster of the aloof movie star "watches from the wall," observing the singer's succession of lovers, and she tries to emulate her heroine's persona, telling the current one, "Even if I am in love with you/all this to say, what's it to you?" The ten songs on Suzanne Vega constitute the self-analysis of a young woman who desires possession without offering commitment; no wonder that, upon its release, it was taken to heart by young women across the country and in Europe.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/1993
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075021507227
  • Catalog Number: 5072
  • Sales rank: 44,791

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cracking (2:49)
  2. 2 Freeze Tag (2:36)
  3. 3 Marlene on the Wall (3:40)
  4. 4 Small Blue Thing (3:54)
  5. 5 Straight Lines (3:49)
  6. 6 Undertow (3:26)
  7. 7 Some Journey (3:38)
  8. 8 The Queen and the Soldier (4:48)
  9. 9 Knight Moves (3:36)
  10. 10 Neighborhood Girls (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Suzanne Vega Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Frank Christian Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar
Darol Anger Electric Violin
Mark Isham Synthesizer
Sue Evans Percussion, Drums
Steve Addabbo Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Synclavier
Frank Gravis Bass
Shem Guibbory Violin
John Mahoney Synthesizer
Maxine Neuman Cello
C.P. Roth Synthesizer
Roger Squitero Percussion
Steve Abbaddo Guitar, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Paul Dugan Bass, Vertical Bass
John Gordon Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Frank Christian Contributor
Peter Laurence Gordon String Arrangements
Steve Addabbo Producer, Engineer, Contributor
Greg Calbi Mastering
Ronald K. Fierstein Executive Producer
Lenny Kaye Producer
John Mahoney Programming
Steven Miller Arranger, Producer
Paul Dugan Contributor
Rhonda Schoen Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A tapestry of exquisite beauty

    The lyrics and acoustic compositions come together in an almost otherworldly way...at times haunting, introspective, and poignant, at others, providing intense social commentary on relationships and life in NYC.

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