|Album:||Close-Up, Vol 1: Love Songs||Collection:||General|
|Artist:||Vega, Suzanne||Added:||Jul 2010|
|Label:||Suzanne Vega Amanuensis Productions|
|Add Date:||2010-08-01||Pull Date:||2010-10-03|
|Week Ending:||Sep 26||Sep 19||Aug 29||Aug 22||Aug 15||Aug 8|
|1.||Apr 13, 2012:||That's Not Bluegrass
|4.||Sep 23, 2010:||Daydream Disaster
Small Blue Thing
|2.||Jan 27, 2012:||InAcrossAwayFromMe
|5.||Sep 14, 2010:||Hooked on Sonics
|3.||Dec 02, 2010:||And Other Useful Bibles
|6.||Aug 27, 2010:||Leland Lives!
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
*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.
|1.||Small Blue Thing||7.||Harbor Song|
|3.||(If You Were) In My Movie||9.||Songs In Red And Gray|
|5.||Marlene On The Wall||11.||Some Journey|
|6.||(I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May||12.||Bound|