Suzanne Vega: Close Up Vol 1, Love Songs

~ Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Since Vega first appeared in the 80's she has established herself as one of the most respected singer songwriters of her generation, never afraid to tackle subjects that many would consider taboo. Vega is set to release four albums over the next 2 years where she revisits her back catalogue reworking her songs in a stripped back format. On this, volume 1, she focuses on what she describes as her love songs although perhaps not love in the conventional sense of the word.

The songs that would be most familiar to the casual listener would be her 1985 hit Marlene On The Wall, which has lost none of its simplistic charm and is as fresh sounding today as it was 25 years ago, and 1996's Caramel with its unmistakable bossa nova beat. Vega has a voice that is instantly recognisable and it is this that carries this album as without the slick production that brought such warmth to her albums, some of the songs feel a bit flat. Having said that both Stockings and (If You Were) In My Movie work gloriously in their nakedness.

This is perhaps one that is more for the fans than something that is likely to ignite a new generation to succumb to the charms of Ms Vega as picking up her self titled debt album or 1987's Solitude Standing would be a far more rewarding experience for those looking for an introduction to this iconic songwriter.

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