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Tried & True...,
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This review is from: Tried & True: The Best Of (Audio CD)
This 17 track compilation, from 1998 does a good job at presenting Suzanne Vega's work to us. Though I've seen her perform live, I'm not really a huge fan and have no other albums by her. Apart from the MP3 download list, Amazon do not publish a track listing - see my image (no 2, in the Amazon product gallery) for this.
New enough to include the remixed dance hit by DNA of Tom's Diner - though purists will want the original, too - but it's not included - the album features favourites such as Luka and Marlene On The Wall. Though her vocal style can seem a little offbeat (to my ears, anyway) it does have a warm immediacy that demands attention and respect. I really do like the wonderfully weird 99.9F degrees and songs such as the Small Blue Thing, which sounds more folky and suits her voice better. The simple, atmospheric acoustic guitar accompaniment adds just the right amount of ambience.
Left Of Centre is another good track and features Joe Jackson on piano and is a brighter and more breezy, jazzier sort of song, that merrily plays along. In Liverpool has a moody intro before settling down. Other tracks, such as Book Of Dreams sound more familiar than one would expect and it's a constant and pleasant surprise listening to this album after a fair while. The final Rosemary is a lovely and gentle touching song that is a fitting end to the album.
Lyrics are definitely a strong point here - Suzanne started writing poetry aged nine and her first song at 14.
This Tried & True compilation reached no 46 in the U.K. A later, 2003 Retrospective - Best Of, fared better in the charts and contained more songs - 23. It says on Wikipedia that the UK release included a bonus 8 track CD plus 12 track DVD, so that may well be a better one to get, if that is so.