Suzanne Vega - Close Up Vol. 1, Love Songs
Suzanne is reinterpreting and re-recording her catalog in an
acoustic, intimate, and personal manner, and releasing them as 4 new
thematic albums over the course of 2010-2011.
With her sultry voice, Suzanne Vega seamlessly joins her poetry and
contemporary folk song with a sound that is utterly unique and
identifiable to her alone. A pioneer among singer-songwriters, Suzanne
has embarked on a project to re-imagine her own songbook in a stripped
down and intimate manner. The 4 volumes include
“People, Places & Things,”
“States of Being,”
“Songs of Family”
The first is Suzanne Vega Close-Up, Vol 1, Love Songs.
Guardian UK Review - Robin Denselow
Back in the mid-80s, when folk music was in the doldrums, a New
York-based acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter was hailed as the
scene's new saviour, thanks to her cool, classy songs and often highly
personal lyrics. Whether "folk" was the right description for Suzanne
Vega is of course debatable, for there were few traditional influences
in much of her work, but she deservedly sold millions of albums and
notched up hits with Luka and Tom's Diner. Now she has decided to
re-record much of her catalogue in new "stripped down versions", with
four themed albums that will each include songs from across her career.
The first set, Love Songs, includes the 1985 favourites Marlene on the
Wall and Small Blue Thing, but if you switch between the original vinyl
and the new CD there are not that many differences. She has removed the
synthesisers from Lenny Kaye's original production but added electric
guitar, while her singing is now a little slower and more confident, but
with the same quiet charm. From later in her career there's Songs in
Red and Gray, a gently edgy piece about meeting the daughter of a former
lover, or the more recent Bound, on love and ageing. If these were new
songs this would be one of the albums of the year.