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Solitude Standing

Suzanne Vega Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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1. Tom's Diner
2. Luka
3. Ironbound/Fancy Poultry
4. In The Eye
5. Night Vision
6. Solitude Standing
7. Calypso
8. Language
9. Gypsy
10. Wooden Horse (Caspar Hauser's Song)
11. Tom's Diner (Reprise)

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Suzanne Vega emerged in the mid-'80s, and while her intimate voice and acoustic guitar brought to mind Joni Mitchell, her urbane lyrics suggested a sensibility that was as much reportorial as confessional. Vega's second album, which replaced the delicate acoustic textures of her self-titled debut with more dramatic arrangements, includes Vega's career song, "Luka," surely one of the biggest hits ever written about child abuse. But it was the energetic folk-rock production of "Luka," thick with ringing guitars and pushed by perky drums, that let the listener luxuriate in a song that suggested the darkness that can lurk behind a neighbor's door. The title tune confronts personal loneliness with a similarly powerful performance, while "Ironbound/Fancy Poultry" makes a downtown landscape sound downright homey. Well-turned tunes like "Calypso" and "Gypsy" recall the softer textures of her debut. Ironically, Vega's next big hit would come when the English production duo DNA made a dance hit out of "Tom's Diner," a nursery-rhyme tribute to a coffee shop that opens the album. --John Milward

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time Dec 19 2003
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This CD, Suzanne Vega's second, brought her commercial success through two of its best songs. Fans who are folk purists have something bad to say about everything after her first, eponymous, recording. Most of us, however, would never have heard that first recording if not for the success of this one, and it was successful for good reason. It isn't that the warmer sound or the use of distinctive instrumentation drew in fans, though some of the experiments with new sounds here seem to foreshadow her later work with Mitchell Froom. It's that Ms. Vega's poetry - and her lyrics truly are poetry - moved from the steady cool flow of her first album to include several truly outstanding songs like "Luka", "In the Eye", "Language", "Solitude Standing", "Ironbound", and "Tom's Diner", that jump out and grab the listener emotionally. And it's interesting to be grabbed so fiercely by such a tiny soft voice uttering such powerful words.
Where the a capella "Tom's Diner" has one marveling at Vega's descriptiveness again, as well as a simple but captivating beatnik beat, "Luka" and "In the Eye" are absolutely breathtaking in their quiet intensity. Reviewers here have diverse interpretations of "In the Eye", but I hear another abusive relationship in its worst moments as she calmly sings, "If you were to kill me now right here I would still look you in the eyes. And I would burn myself into your memory as long as you were still alive. I would live inside of you, I'd make you wear me like a scar." Her poetry acquires more feeling on this album, from my perspective. "Gypsy", though not the best song here, actually has warmth to it, something new to her repertoire at the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solitude stands in the doorway... Oct. 28 2003
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The songs on Solitude Standing have as its winning point Suzanne Vega´¿s soft, haunting, girlish melodic voice and acoustic guitar she plays. Yes, there are some tracks which use more instruments but she alone is the figurehead and captain of this ship, The Solitude Standing.
The ´¿Tom´¿s Diner´¿ here is an a capella portrait of her observations at the title place, be it rude waiters who only fills her coffee halfway or the woman who seems to be looking at Vega through the window but only sees her own reflection, symbolizing the insular nature of people.
This is quite an unusual song to become a single, as it deals with the POV of an abused child. but ´¿Luka´¿ was a hit in painting a portrait of low self-esteem, a bit shy. ´¿I guess I like to be alone/with nothing broken, nothing thrown´¿ he says. The two refrains are equally poignant: ´¿You just don´¿t argue anymore´¿ and ´¿Just don´¿t ask me how I am.´¿ Only Vega could do this song.
´¿Ironbound/Fancy Poultry´¿ is a portrait of the city and a woman takes her child to the schoolyard before going to the market. The way the poultry parts are described seems to be an observation of how we only look at certain parts of people and not the whole: ´¿breasts and thighs and hearts/backs are cheap/and wings are nearly free.´¿
The slightly more uptempo ´¿In The Eye´¿ is a song addressed to a would-be mugger or armed assailant. Instead of fleeing, she sings ´¿I would live inside of you/I´¿d make you wear me/like a scar.´¿ This is reminiscent of when the Doctor in Dr.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lyrical folk-rock June 26 2004
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Suzanne Vega is a talented writer of poetic folk songs. This album brought her commercial success and prominence with the captivating hit Luka. The title track is also quite memorable and the acapella Tom's Diner is also a haunting ode to emotional isolation, a theme that seems to run throughout Vega's introspective songs. Calypso is a nice melodic song based on Greek myth, and overall this album is pretty memorable, though a bit melancholy. Vega has an average voice, which suits her material fine, as her voice doesn't overpower the mood of her songs. Suzanne Vega is a singer/songwriter with a unique sound and original songs that folk aficianados will likely enjoy.
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