Vega, Suzanne / Close-Up, Vol 1: Love Songs
Album: Close-Up, Vol 1: Love Songs   Collection:General
Artist:Vega, Suzanne   Added:Jul 2010
Label:Suzanne Vega Amanuensis Productions  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2010-08-01 Pull Date: 2010-10-03
Week Ending: Sep 26 Sep 19 Aug 29 Aug 22 Aug 15 Aug 8
Airplays: 1 1 2 2 1 2

Recent Airplay
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4. Dec 02, 2010: And Other Useful Bibles
2. Apr 13, 2012: That's Not Bluegrass
5. Sep 23, 2010: Daydream Disaster
Small Blue Thing
3. Jan 27, 2012: InAcrossAwayFromMe
6. Sep 14, 2010: Hooked on Sonics

Album Review
Trent Kay
Reviewed 2010-07-22
I fucking adore Suzanne Vega. And who the hell doesn’t? [You know her as the loop-track voice behind “Tom’s Diner” (oh, just Google it), which is a crying shame, given her nothing-short-of-intimidating back-catalog. First I heard of her was “The Queen & the Solider” (fair warning: it will ruin you), which I encountered as a goddamn camp song -- holy hell did those lyrics keep me up at night.] She’s an utterly captivating, soulful, poetic and prolific and raw storyteller of a “folk” artist who writes better lyrics than I write prose. If Rox says Ani DiFranco is this generation’s Dylan, Suzanne Vega is our Joni Mitchell. Here are honest and penetrating songs about being, well, Virginia Woolf’s kinda woman: introspective, intelligent, a voracious luster, a pragmatic and jaded lover, independent and hard and secretly vulnerable, endlessly empathetic and impossibly confident. Her lyrics are cryptic, metaphoric, sensual, evocative. I swear she has a voice “made of china, made of glass”. These are the sorts of songs that you’ll find yourself crying over without really knowing why.

Note: These are all stripped-down mostly-acoustic crystal-clear retreads of songs Suzanne Vega has released over the years. The first of four “solo acoustic” records Vega plans to put out as a career retrospective. These are compliments to the originals, not replacements. You can’t go wrong with any of these.

try: 4, 1, 8
no FCCs

*1. slowish and sad. contemplative, depressing, beautiful. positively sword-singing (harmonics!) highbeam guitar over fingerpicked acoustic. fragile, china doll vocals. somehow more staccato and separated than the original recording.
2. descending blues line and bossa nova shaker beat. finger-snaps! subdued, sly island heat. super groovy and sexy song about lusting after a lost cause.
3. midtempo beamy echoey electric guitar. doubled-note riff. spoken-word, breathy slinkster/coy vocals. this is where poe (uh, the singer) gets it from.
*4. a clear/bright fingerpicked masterpiece. fucking gorgeous song, period. it’s always sounded like christmas and woodburning and cats napping on your chest to me. went on my first-ever radio tape. also went on the infamous ‘perks’ mixtape, for those of you playing along at home.
5. upbeat, pop-lite. practical, diplomatic state-of-the-union tune. hard strumming, ripply chords, full band sound. moonbeamy, eric-johnson-style over-the-water electric guitar solo. “even if i am in love with you, all this to say, what’s it to you?”
6. pretty straight mid-slow fingerpicking and hard-nosed, mind’s-made-up vocals. chick’s-side-of-the-story callback to rod stewart’s “maggie may”. the album version is one of my fave suzanne vega songs, for obvious reasons.
7. slow circular slide-audible minor guitar. muted saloon piano. borderline sultry. combines atmospheres of wanderlust, loneliness, and all the basic elements of a sea shanty.
*8. niiiice version of this. a slinky and eerie song that calls up images of ghosts and lampposts. creepy-crawly (think: itsy bitsy spider, alternately: lullaby by the cure) bass-like guitar flat-picking. great use of sparse slip-n-slide electric guitar. i thought i was going to miss the cymbals, but the arrangement here is very cool.
9. mid-fast fingerpicking. sad, pretty, haunting and spare narrative about a long-ago affair with a married man. twin feelings of being used and being responsible. you can hear the expanse of time in it. “it’s nineteen years late for repairs.”
10. off-the-beat poppy handclappy syncopated jaunt that mirrors the personality of the character it describes. cutting, sneaky, playful vocals. this may be vega’s most famous bi-curious song.
11. midtempo, full strummed sound, some violin, piano. expansive, echo seascape effects. audible lust for adventure and intrigue. this song kills me. “if i had met you on some journey, where would we be now?”
12. darkly minor. oh, that’s diminished. slow. naked, crystal high-register vocals. she sounds like she’s about to choke up. meditation on age, tiredness, neediness, commitment.

Track Listing
1. Small Blue Thing   7. Harbor Song
2. Caramel   8. Headshots
3. (If You Were) In My Movie   9. Songs In Red And Gray
4. Gypsy   10. Stockings
5. Marlene On The Wall   11. Some Journey
6. (I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May   12. Bound