Close-Up, Vol. 2: People & Places

Close-Up, Vol. 2: People & Places

by Suzanne Vega
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Close-Up, Vol. 2: People & Places

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2010
Label: Amanuensis Productions
UPC: 0698519250223
catalogNumber: 92502
Rank: 100706

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
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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