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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet, 5 July 2014
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Mr. D. K. Smith (South Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Suzanne Vega: Solitude Standing [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Given the small amount of live Suzanne Vega performances available on DVD this is a welcome release. Recorded in Rome in 2003, presumably for Italian television, the concert runs for about an hour and contains thirteen songs and four poems

At the beginning of the concert, Vega says that there will be roughly the same amount of poetry as there are songs. I assume that the bulk of the poetry was cut out, as it only takes up about ten minutes or so. Whether you consider this to be a good or bad thing depends on how much you appreciate Vega's poetry.

If some of the poetry was cut, maybe some songs were too - as it's odd to have a concert called Solitude Standing when the song isn't included in the setlist. There are a few songs from her (at the time) current album, Songs in Red and Gray, but the setlist is largely drawn from the familiar parts of her back catalogue - "Marlene on the Wall", "Small Blue Thing", "Left of Center", "The Queen and the Soldier", "Luka" and "Tom's Diner", for example.

Vega is backed by a single supporting musician on guitar - Mike Visceglia. Also on stage is Valerio Piccolo, who translates Vega's poetry readings and other musings.

There are two special features. The first is a twelve minute interview, which is worth a look as Vega is always an interesting interviewee but it's a pity it isn't longer. There's also a photo gallery of performance photos from the gig, set to the DNA remix of "Tom's Diner".

For the right price (I picked it up for around 5.00) this is worth a look, but Live At Montreux is the better DVD if you want one example of Suzanne Vega live.
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