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Beauty And Crime

Suzanne Vega Audio CD
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Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut ... Read more in Amazon's Suzanne Vega Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Jun 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000H6SU9A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Zephyr
2. Ludlow Street
3. New York Is a Woman
4. Pornographer's Dream
5. Frank And Ava
6. Edith Wharton's Figurines
7. Bound
8. Unbound
9. As You Are Now
10. Angel's Doorway
11. Anniversary

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why the disappointment? 21 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
Depsite often being accused of "experimenting", and changing direction etc. Suzanne Vega in reality has actually been stylisticly consistent throughout her long career.

Her deceptively simple songs, guitar plucking and voice can seem to fit into many different kinds of landscapes and genres (folk, latino, pop/rock etc. As such, she has always been very vulnerable to the talents and imagination of her producers. Her "techno-fok" period with producer/husband Mitchell Froom in the 90s was seen as a hugs leap, when in fact Froom was just shedding an unusual light on Suzanne.

Beauty and Crime is not really a huge departure for her. The structure of her songs, her guitar playing, it's all very consistent with her early work. It's certainly better than her last offering - the mawkish "divorce" album "Songs in Red and Gray".

It's the production that occasionally lets her down. However the songs I feel are some of her best. "Aniversary" is simply beautiful.

I would recommend this album completely. It would not have the production edge of previous work, but ultimately Suzanne has always been about her, her voice and her guitar - and for me this proves she is still in the game.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vega is back 19 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
After a long wait Suzanne Vega is back with her new album "Beauty&Crime" and without hesitation I can say that it was worth waiting for. This time Vega is sharing her city, New York, with us. And although we can say that the main theme of the album is NYC (something very specific) the lyrics are personal and universal at the same time. The highlights of the album (imho) are Ludlow Street (one of the best Vega songs ever in my opinion), Pornographer's Dream, Unbound, New York is a Woman and Anniversary. The only drawback of the record is it's shortness but as we all know quality is a lot more important than quantity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really is something else... 3 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to a lot of Suzanne Vegas hits and they are great and this latest album is just great. The sound of it leaves you wanting to listen again and again. It's a bit short but the quality of the music makes up for it.

Best albums of 2007 were to me: Kaiser Chiefs - Yours Truly, Angry mob
Amy Winehouse - Back to black
KT Tunstall - Drastic fantastic
Amy Macdonald - This is the life

But I have to say Suzanne Vegas is the best and its the least famous, it just goes to show that the mora famous you are doesn't mean your better. I couldn't care less about the likes of Leona Lewis even if she had a huge hit I think she is crap compared to real artists like Suzanne Vega.

Best songs on Beauty and Crime:

Ludlow Street
Bound
New York is a woman
Frank and Eva

A must have for music fans.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Suzanne, we've missed you 18 Jun 2007
By IWFIcon VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It seems almost strange that Beauty & Crime is Vega's first album since 2001's Songs Of Red & Gray (she has kept busy in the mean-time with touring, and playing virtual gigs in the online world of Second Life) but almost immediately you realise that that makes it her first album since 9/11 had it's permanent effect on the place that Vega calls home, New York.

The spectre undoubtedly hangs over the album. Anniversary is the most obvious and explicit statement about the tragedy, but there are strong echoes in the likes of Zephyr And I (which includes dreamy backing vocals from KT Tunstall) and Angel's Doorway (which sees Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo providing some guitar riffs).

I will admit that it's nothing particularly new, but then Suzanne Vega has no need to change. Always a class act, this album is no different.

The literate lyrics are as punchy and relevant as ever and most of all the feeling as a listener is one of realising just how pleased you are she is back and the realisation that we've been missing something for the past six years. Here's hoping we don't have to wait that long for the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding Listening! 8 July 2007
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It's been about six years since Suzanne Vega released her last (underrrated) album "Songs in Red and Grey". Now she has recorded and released 11 fine new songs. In the meantime we've experienced 9/11 and Suzanne has lost her younger brother Tim; two events which play a role on "Beauty and Crime", which has New York as some kind of overall theme in the lyrics.

She has changed label to Blue Note (EMI) and has a new producer Jimmy Hogarth. Still musically it's mostly her well-known approach based on her acoustic guitar and arrangements that have a great diversity in style and instrumentation.

On this album I generally find the songs with the acoustic guitar as the dominating instrument the most successful. "New York is a Woman", "Edith Wharton's Figurines" and "Anniversary" are all stand-outs, the latter has some extraordinary great harmony vocals - all classic Vega.

Also great are the song for her brother Tim, "Ludlow Street" which has a nice catchy chorus. Amongh the more up-beat songs "Frank and Ava" and "Unbound" should be mentioned; and the erotic lyrics to the bossa-nova styled "Pornographer's Dream" make the song one of the most sophisticated and charming.

As usual it's always a great pleasure to read Vega's clever and observant lyrics, so though the album may not contain immediate "hits" like "Luka", "When Heroes Go Down" or "I'll Never Be Your Maggie May", it's very rewarding listening and an album that can be returned to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album and Excellent delivery
More about the delivery and company rather than the music. Item was double packaged in two protected envelopes. CD even had a plastic sleeve and everything was unmarked. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sleepless Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely album
This is a typical Suzanne Vega album, but one that I have never heard before. As usual she never disappoints!
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant album
Suzanne Vega returns with a relatively short album, more often than not inspired by New York City, her home town. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Torben Madsen
2.0 out of 5 stars Too tasteful and mature for its own good
I don't really like singer-songwriters. I especially don't like female singer-songwriters with their hippy-dippy lyrics (Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos are musical torture). Read more
Published on 13 May 2009 by BS on parade
5.0 out of 5 stars Vega at her best!!!
This album is modern, nostalgic, thought provoking and enchanting. For me this was one of the top 3 c.d's of 2007. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2008 by Mr. N. R. Partridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I have all her official and unofficial ones too. And yes, this is one of her strongest.
Published on 9 Nov 2007 by H. Popeck
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT COME BACK
Just few words, to say that is a real stunning come back from this talented songwriter.
Great melodies and arrangements. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2007 by Andrea Sbisa'
5.0 out of 5 stars The best so far?
Trying to objectively assess any record a matter of weeks after its release is difficult, particularly when it's from such a complex artist as Suzanne Vega - as her previous albums... Read more
Published on 24 July 2007 by nicjaytee
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beautiful Crime Of Being Underrated (4.5 Stars)
Much like fellow singers such as Aimee Mann,Heather Nova and Natalie Merchant, singers who I feel get left on the shelf who really possess stellar work. Read more
Published on 13 July 2007 by Phill
4.0 out of 5 stars A partial return to form
While Suzanne Vega's songs have always demonstrated a strong narrative and have shown her to be a gifted observer and lyricist, how they have sounded has changed considerably over... Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2007 by Rumbahbah
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