Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega

Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega

by Suzanne Vega
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glauver More than 1 year ago
My review title is a compliment, not a put-down. Suzanne Vega is a model of restraint who never indulges in displays of cheap emotion. Her songs are always literate, never simple but usually containing a hook that grabs you and makes you listen to her story. This compilation runs 78 minutes and is a fine summary of her journey from folk songs like Luka to electronic music like Tom's Diner and Woman On The Tier (I'll See You Through). The only flaw is a solo live acoustic The Queen And The Soldier that is substituted for the studio version.
seasoned_geek More than 1 year ago
There were only two tracks on this CD which I was aware of by title when I ordered it. Luka, which was a phenomenal ground breaking tune when it came out and Tom's Diner. This CD shows the breadth and depth of this artists talents, yet for the careful listener, shows that she really stayed true to her experimental and technical roots. Luka, was an up-beat and light tune which climbed the charts quickly before anybody listened to the words and discovered it was a very sad commentary about child abuse. The track sparked an international debate which approved the lives of many around the world thanks to the song being a left hook out of the darkness at the music world. An Elton John interview some time back said that a musician is always afraid of running out of words, but never music. To prove his statement he took a text book from someone in the audience, sat down at a piano, then composed a song consisting of two paragraphs from a randomly selected page. I bring this up because Tom's Diner is exactly that type of boundary pushing song proving the same point. The song simply covers 20 minutes spent at a diner, but does it in such a way the listener keeps being drawn in over and over again. I played the entire CD in one setting during an out of state drive this weekend. If you think I'm just waxing about my two favorite tracks and the rest of the album is a waste, you think wrong. There are 22 tracks on this disk, and many are even better than the two I waxed about here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago