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Import-only two CD set, an installment in the popular 2-for-1 series, which combines two hit albums into one convenient package. The 2-for-1 series is perfect for fans looking to complete their collections and for music lovers searching for something more than just a standard 'hits' package. Universal. 2010.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
The ï¿½Tomï¿½s Dinerï¿½ 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 ï¿½Lukaï¿½ was a hit in painting a portrait of low self-esteem, a bit shy. ï¿½I guess I like to be alone/with nothing broken, nothing thrownï¿½ he says. The two refrains are equally poignant: ï¿½You just donï¿½t argue anymoreï¿½ and ï¿½Just donï¿½t ask me how I am.ï¿½ Only Vega could do this song.
ï¿½Ironbound/Fancy Poultryï¿½ 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: ï¿½breasts and thighs and hearts/backs are cheap/and wings are nearly free.ï¿½
The slightly more uptempo ï¿½In The Eyeï¿½ is a song addressed to a would-be mugger or armed assailant. Instead of fleeing, she sings ï¿½I would live inside of you/Iï¿½d make you wear me/like a scar.ï¿½ This is reminiscent of when the Doctor in Dr.Read more ›
it has some really strong songs & beautifully played music.
"gypsy" is a lovely, romantic song, & i adore the spanish guitars & overall feeling of "calypso".
"ironbound/poultry" is lovely musically,
"solitude standing" i also love.
"wooden horse" is i think the strongest track here.
i enjoy suz's songs as they have such a gentle vulnerability expressed within them & such a simple thread runs through the songs, but is very effective & mesmerising & also inspiring, imaginative & visionary......
Most recent customer reviews
Didn't really care for it the only song I wanted was not the same as the radio versionPublished 20 months ago by johnboy
I've been listening to this album since the 80's, and Vega's unique voice and gripping lyrics still capture me and draw me into her world. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004
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