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Friday, May 27, 2011

Suzanne Vega - Self Titled

What's my problem lately? I've been violently ill twice in the last month - and I'm a guy who normally doesn't ever get sick. I'm really sorry for not posting yesterday, but I was having major issues just sitting upright. Although I'm not 100% today, I'm going to post! And I'm starting with peterman's suggestion for Suzanne Vega. It's an interesting choice - not an artist I would have thought in a million years to review. She was born in 1959 in Santa Monica, California to a computer systems analyst father. At 2, her family moved to New York which would prove to serve as inspiration for music later on in her life. This album was her debut drop and it came out in 1985. This record is very straight forward - mostly acoustic guitar and soft vocals. Although this album was very well received by critics, it didn't sell overly well in the states. She hit it big a couple albums later with the track 'Tom's Diner' - inspired by the iconic Tom's Restaurant in New York City. (The same backdrop restaurant used in Seinfeld). Tom's Diner was also used as an early trial for the MP3 compression system, and thusly Vega has been called "The Mother of the MP3". She's still making music today, with a perspective record due out this year sometime. There certainly isn't anything to really complain about with her style and this record. It's a little bland, but it's a fairly solid 'mood' type record. Certainly worth a listen today, but don't expect to have your world rocked.

1. Cracking
2. Freeze Tag
3. Marlene On The Wall
4. Small Blue Thing
5. Straight Lines
6. Undertow
7. Some Journey
8. The Queen And The Soldier
9. Knight Moves
10. Neighborhood Girls

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Straight Lines
2. Marlene On The Wall
3. Freeze Tag

2.25 out of 5 stars

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