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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 (11 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0051BYP7M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In 1985, singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega released her stunning self-titled debut album. 25 years and 7 million albums sold later, Suzanne is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation. Now Suzanne is reinterpreting a majority of her catalog in a close and personal manner, creating 4 new thematic albums that will be released over 2010-2011. States of Being has Suzanne revisiting her most haunting songs. Suzanne used to call these the Mental Health songs. They express a state of mind, but also more than that; Suzanne says, they are descriptions of a place deep inside. Anyone can feel like the narrator in Penitent, or Cracking, depending on your mood. Vol. 3 also includes a brand new song, a collaboration with Duncan Sheik from Suzanne s upcoming play, Carson McCullers Talks About Love. New acoustic recordings, featuring Brooklyn Rider Includes new never released track co-written by Duncan Sheik

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What Love Songs does, however, is remind us what a brilliant vocalist and songwriter Vega has been. --Mojo Magazine on Vol. 1

Vintage Vega still runs smooth…Vega lived up to her rep as one of our most important singer/songwriters with intelligent, crafty lyrics hitched to music that is not only memorable but also hummable --NY Post on Vol. 1

a beautifully rendered career retrospective… New York Times on Vol. 1 --New York Times on Vol. 1

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 July 2011
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Songs may be timeless, but musical production is all too much of its time. In this third volume of principally acoustic re-recordings, Suzanne Vega again restores to pristine, contemporary state the next quarter of her 25 year creative output.

If you have already listened to Volumes I and II, then just order this and get on with enjoying it. The beautifully proximate sound, the emptied accompaniments, the attention to clarity and detail is all here. By comparison, the original versions seem to be very much of their time.

If you haven't listened to Volumes I and II, then you may be wondering why you would want to invest in a 're-record'. But this is no ordinary re-record. There were four amazing things about Suzanne Vega's work. First the songs themselves, which open up vistas rarely seen in any kind of music. Then there's the collaborations with other musicians. Then there's the marvellously articulated bright, wintery guitar work. And finally there's her voice -- at its best when it's just on this side of break-up, giving an unforgettably intimate interpretation to the songs.

All of these were present in the earlier albums, but they were all to some extent masked. The vocals were softened a little by the 1980s production (though it was very clean for its time) of the original self-titled album. Orchestrations began to encroach from the second, masking the distinctive guitar work.

In all three of the close-up albums released thus far, everything but these four elements has been stripped away, matched with an in incredibly close, intimate, principally acoustic sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2012
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All four of these Close Up albums are really excellent. For me these stripped-down re-workings of her songs shed a new light on many of them and in a lot of cases I prefer them to the originals.

That haunting voice is still wonderful - a little huskier and more breathy perhaps which only adds to the atmosphere of the recording. The principal instrument is her acoustic guitar, played beautifully and often solo but augmented by delicate additions of things like organ and electric lead where appropriate. It takes really good material to shine with such minimal production, and these complex, often quirky songs show what very fine music and lyrics Vega has produced. The whole thing sounds intimate and personal (as was the intention), made more so by being quite close-miked and beautifully recorded. The four volumes are simply excellent throughout with great hits sounding original and fresh, and less well-known songs making you wonder why they are less well-known.

You almost certainly know Suzanne Vega's work if you are considering this, and are perhaps wondering whether you need new versions of songs you already own and love. I wondered the same thing but took a chance on this series and I'm delighted I did. I was worried it might be like those outtakes and demo versions which get added as bonus tracks to CDs and often aren't very good. These albums are nothing like that at all - they are a joy. I think they contain some of Suzanne Vega's best work, and I recommend all four volumes very warmly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caracatus on 25 Sept. 2011
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This is such a fantastic thing that Suzanne Vega has done.
To reinterpret ones own songs is taking a risk but she achieves a
superb outcome and the album stands alone or as part of her body of work.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. R. Luckock on 1 Sept. 2011
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yet another superb reworking of classic tracks. Undertow awoke all the memories of first listening so many years ago. I'll never tire of listening to this work! SV rules!!!
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