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Dark, dusty, ice-cool and poetic
on 25 June 2002
Suzanne Vega's first album told us she could write pretty folk songs, with a cool, distant twist. "Solitude Standing" brought that detached, "I-Am-A-Camera" talent into a sharper focus. "Days Of Open Hand" is the album where she strays deeper into darker, more mysterious territory.
There is a very clear, cool, detached tone here - and the low-key melodies and dry, almost dusty production lend an almost ghostly, almost psychotic feel - especially on the chilling song, "Institution Green".
This album seems the musical equivalent of reading Sylvia Plath's short stories in "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams" - it may not be her most accomplished work, but it has an unnerving quality none the less.
Disquieting, subtle and unsettling - and frequently, quite brilliant.