I've seen Suzanne Vega close up in concert a couple of times, though not for a while. She is, I suppose, some way from fashionable these days. In fact, when I saw her last, in Budapest in the 90's , it seemed only artists with a slightly desperate air were touring that country. No doubt this is not the case today.
These songs, re-recorded, however, are full of confidence, intelligence and beauty. There doesn't seem a huge difference from the originals, but they have pared back, some, perhaps, unnecessary production, removed some clutter. Her voice sounds even better, matured, like the voices of Patti Smith or Rikki Lee Jones. She gets better with age (don't we all?).
The music doesn't sound dated and I was glad to have an excuse to listen to these lovely songs again. If you haven't heard any or many songs by Suzanne Vega this is not a bad place to start. She is a great artist and I look forward to seeing her in concert again sometime - Jazz Cafe maybe?