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Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega

1985

Suzanne Vega

Album Summary

Suzanne Vega is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, released on May 1, 1985, by A&M Records. It was well-received by music journalists in the U.S. and reached platinum status in the United Kingdom. Produced by Lenny Kaye and Steve Addabbo, the songs feature Vega's acoustic guitar in straightforward arrangements. A video was released for the album's song "Marlene on the Wall", which went into MTV and VH1's rotations. In 1989, Rolling Stone magazine listed Suzanne Vega at number 80 on its "100 Best Albums of the Eighties". It is also mentioned in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

2.98

Votes

4703

Genres

  • Folk
  • Singer Songwriter
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Sun Feb 21 2021
2

i love luka and tom’s diner but this gives me strong....horse girl meets lilith fair vibes. i want to give it two stars cuz it makes me uncomfortable but i’m not the audience so i’m going 3. actually fuck it it’s my list i’m giving it 2

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Thu Sep 17 2020
5

Absolutely amazing! Beautiful, poetic lyrics and lovely guitars. Perfect fall album. Favorite tracks: Cracking, Small Blue Thing, The Queen and the Soldier, Knight Moves

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

Nice voice, catchy songs that are distinct enough from each other (eg Marlene on the Wall vs. The Queen and the Soldier) that you don’t tire of the album. Very NYC (Greenwich Village) folk sound. Lyrics are at another level. Like a female Leonard Cohen who can sing. An outstanding debut album.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

enya meets bobo dylan

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Thu May 27 2021
1

Childish lyrics, boring instrumentation, not a fan.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

5/5 - kinda like James Taylor; Marlene is a standout

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Fri Nov 06 2020
3

Vega has an interesting style that's unique with vibrant lyrics/stories, but the production between the talk-sing style and instrumentation doesn't always allow each track to shine. And, at times, the instrumentation drowns out the intimacy of her lyrics. The back half of the album provides more air for her voice and lyrics to breath especially on 'Some Journey' and 'The Queen and the Soldier'. There's definitely a Simon and Garfunkel / Bob Dylan / Leonard Cohen influence here. Tracks of notes: Marlene on the Wall, Undertow, Some Journey, The Queen and the Soldier (the standout).

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

She wrote some very intricate lyrics. Marlene on the Wall is a good example. I like how dynamic the musical shifts are in the lyrics in that song. The notes she sings are flying all around and it really works. Also, she's quite the story teller. The Queen and the Soldier is a good example. There are some neat things here instrumentally. The whacked out violin solo on Some Journey is quite good as is the jamming on Neighbour Girls although the guitars are mixed far in the background. Perhaps they were worried about what the neighbours would say.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Beautiful melodies

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

I listened to her music during my college days in the late 80s and enjoyed it. I didn't keep up with her after that, and haven't listened to her in a very long time. Re-hearing this album now, I'm admittedly a little surprised to find myself still quite drawn in. Her voice is ethereal and her songwriting is exquisite. Some beautiful work here.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
5

Love this… ethereal folk with lyrics on real life feminism. Can’t beat Vega!

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

This grew on me a lot after the first impression being a bit proto rap spoken word waft.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
5

Really nice voice with good melodies

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

Gd

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Beautifully arranged album, Suzanne Vega has a gorgeous, wistful, voice which lends itself perfectly to her fantastic guitar playing. You can definitely hear the influence artists like Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen have on her work.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Soothing 80s folk. It is actually baffling how strong a start this is for her, as she really just nails putting out a beautiful, concise album.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

I love this album so much. Suzanne’s voice is just stunning, and these melodies are just a huge part of my growing up. It’s genuinely Proustian - takes me back to teenage crushes and (longed for) romance. Just ace.

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

more of a strong 7

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

3.5

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Pre-Lilith fair vibes

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Soft voice, with soft lines and accompanying tunes

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Nice barebones folk album, great mix and sound

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

I really enjoyed this, was expecting something like Joni Mitchell, much closer to Cohen and like an acoustic-only Tigermilk, really short but satisfying "Marlene on the Wall" was the best track but a lot of cool storytelling here!

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Wed May 05 2021
4

The artistry of her poetry is magnificent. It transcends its pretensions, and it perfectly suited to the folk rock backing.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Really liking her voice!

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Well, never thought I'd enjoy such a folk-pop/rock album as I enjoyed this one. It's got repeat value.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Tres belle voix, lignes de basses smooth et envoûtantes Coups de coeur Marlene on the Wall et Knight Moves

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Sun Jul 04 2021
4

Tres bon, auteure compositrice interprete. Me fait penser a joni mitchell parfois. Je reecoute. 4.5

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Guitarra y voz. Canciones melancólicas.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Yllättävän nykyaikaiselta kuulostavaa kamaa. En olisi arvannut levyn olevan vanhempi kuin minä itse! Olisi mennyt läpi ihan tuoreenakin teoksena.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Hyvää settiä. Tiesin vaan joskus englanninkirjassa olleen Tom's Dinerin, ja sen perusteella odotin vähän erilaista kamaa. Positiivinen yllätys!

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Hyvää nainen ja kitara meinikiä. Tätä kuuntelee mielellään! Kolme ja puoli pyöristettäköön tällä kertaa neloseksi.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Weird but good. Twin peaks referent

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Like it - well constructed songs, good voice and band

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Surprisingly good album with great story telling

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Not bad - reminded me of Paul Simon, lyrically interesting, musically subtle - Nice.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Super easy listening, solid album.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

It's good, worth a listen

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Ah, así que esto es lo que escuchó Mitski para dedicarse a la música. Agradecido con el de arriba.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Somehow it's very 80s, yet still mellow. The first tracks were almost uncomfortable to listen to for this reason. But it's so good! Faves: Marlene On The Wall, Small Blue Thing, Undertow

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

Aangename luistermuziek, maar ook niet meer dan dat

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Good album with a bunch of hits!

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

The music sounded great. 0RS

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

First of all, this album does not sound or feel like it was made in 1985. Second of all, the mid-90s success of female singer/songwriters owe a TON to this woman. Shawn Colvin, Natalie Merchant, Indigo Girls, Aimee Mann, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, and even Sinead O'Connor. I hear Suzanne Vega in all of them. I like the songs where the acoustic guitar takes the lead more than some of the other synthesizer sounds. I love cracking, small blue thing, and undertow in particular for the guitar parts and for how intimate the lyrics feel. It might not be in my list of favorite female singer/songwriter albums of all time but it’s certainly responsible for them so 4 stars seems appropriate.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

I am not at all familiar with Suzanne Vega, but I could instantly tell how much she paved the way for the singer-songwriters and alt folk of the 90s. I'm amazed that this came out in 1985. Vega won me over with her sometimes slightly off-kilter style paired with interesting guitar picking and arrangements. Lyrically interesting as well. Again, her influence on the entire Lilith generation is very clear. On her self-titled debut, "Cracking," "Small Blue Thing," and "Undertow" stand out. I wanted to know why I didn't know any Suzanne Vega, so I looked deeper and found that "Tom's Diner" was her most famous song. So I listened to that from her second album. I said "I know this song! But not this way??" The remixed version with DNA, which I discovered was the version I knew well, is so much better. The second song from her sophomore effort, "Luka," also sounded super familiar, but I don't know that song? It must really remind me of some similar song? @hell-yeah - No idea how this puts a person to sleep any more than "Five Leaves Left."

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

Great album. Amazing guitar & voice register from Suzanne

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

A solid, warm album of great songwriting detail. Now, I have only heard the album once, and with such an album, where the subtleties are the point, I believe one listen probably isn't sufficient for a full assessment and appreciation. As such, my current take is tentative and provisional. I may in future consider this a 5-starrer, but I may equally retain it at 4 stars.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

i actually like her strums

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

I think the only Vega I've ever heard before is 'Tom's Diner' so this was a great chance to broaden my horizons a bit. Musically straightforward but remains gripping through a combination of perfectly-pitched vocals and hynotic, poetic lyrics. 'The Queen and The Soldier' was the album highlight for me.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

I love how stripped down a lot of this is. I've never listened to Suzanne Vega before but I am interested in digging deeper. Favorites: Marlene on the Wall, The Queen and the Soldier, Neighborhood Girls

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

I recall this album sounding revolutionary on its release, a very different take on the sound of a singer-songwriter. It got heavy airplay on my radio show, with standout tracks like Small Blue Thing, Undertow, Knight Moves, and the single Marlene on the Wall. This debut still stands atop her catalog, in my opinion. That said, I think the emotional distance of the storytelling dims some of its appeal over the years. Solid tracks, but no longer one which stands up to full listens.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

surprisingly modern-sounding indie folk pop pop with some synth. simplistic but I don't mind

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

Great album.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

A friend of mine recommended this album back when it was released and at the time I hadn't listened to a lot of female artists I enjoyed, since most of the bands I followed were your typical white male-lead groups/singers. I have to admit, I half gave it a listen because Suzanne looked so cute on the album cover (yes, I do sometimes judge the record by the cover). It was low-key folk and her voice and the music caught my attention immediately. The songs were interesting and this was something that was missing from my musical palate up to this point. I can't say I'm a big Suzanne Vega fan, though her second album was commercially successful with her two best known songs (Tom's Diner and Luka), but I really didn't care for her music as much as her debut. Luka is a great song, though I prefer the Lemonheads cover version, but maybe that's what makes the first album so good, there are no hits, no pretension or expectation. I still spin this record occasionally and I'm glad my buddy, Ben recommended I buy it.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

Nice enough album. Marlene on the wall is the stand out track.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Pretty cool swing and lyrical delivery. Nice acoustic stylings in a straight ahead, not presumptuous manner.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

I quite liked this. I don’t really know her music beyond the few tunes that made it to MTV, but this was more moody and enjoyably lo-fi, quieter than I anticipated. All in good ways. The opening track, “Marlene on the wall,” “undertow,” etc. I would listen to this again and just think about her thinking about Andy’s tweet about her hair. Amazing.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

Didn’t expect to like it this much, it bangs tho

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

Fav songs: - Knight Moves - Small Blue Thing

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

Loved the vocals here. Favorites: "Cracking", "Marlene On The Wall", "Some Journey"

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Better than I thought it would be, definitely about 10 years ahead of her time.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

So singular and strange

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

7/10. I liked it

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Not the most exciting voice but back in the day I loved Suzanne Vega. Also I know I'm only a few weeks into about a three year exercise, but there haven't been many females featured yet so big up to the ladies. This album doesn't have her best known single "Luka" but it's still worth a listen. One of the artists that made up my 80s soundtrack, saw her live in Sydney.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Enjoyable style and content mostly

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

I remember Suzanne Vega for one song, so I was surprised to hear so many great tunes.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

älskar vega! mycket bra mums

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Great great start

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

some cool songs on this album, pleasant surprise. little more catchy than most singer song writers

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Pretty good, has a very 90s feel to it.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Good singer songwriter album

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Wed Sep 23 2020
3

Une autre belle surprise. Je ne connaissais pas. Pour de la pop des années '80, c'est assez bien fait avec beaucoup d'instrumentation. J'y vois un petit côté Alanis Morissette ou Joan Osbourne.

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Wed Nov 18 2020
3

Very good narative and storytelling not really my cup of tea though

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Wed Nov 04 2020
3

Great reminder of the 80s!

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Tue Apr 27 2021
3

This is pleasant enough, but it isn't really my thing. It was clearly influential on a bunch of 90s music, so I think it's reasonable to say that this album was ahead of its time. It just doesn't do it for me. 3/5

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

This was nice as background music. If I had been in a different mood, it would have definitely hit better.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

Miellyttävää, rauhallista poppia. Tykkäsin vaikkei tämä mitään valtavia musiikkielämyksiä tarjoillutkaan.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

Sure. It’s a decent album. For 85 it probably would be consider it an above average album.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

taylor swift tímida

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Straightforward acoustic arrangements.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Escuchado

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Some nice songwriting and folkiness. Liked it but didn't love it.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Good one

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

I like the sound of the album and its minimalism. But the songs don’t have that extra element to push it to a 4 or 5.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Pleasant acoustic stuff. 5/10

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Very good. Gonna listen to it again.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

3.7 - Pseudo-intellectual singer-songwriter coffeehouse done well. Inflected with Paul Simon influences. Some beautiful moments in the middle, some duds towards the end. Overall, a pretty and introspective album that defied my expectations.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Fome para ser folk

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

Sama kuin Kate Bushin kohdalla, ainoastaan Tom's diner Suzanne Vegalta aiemmin tuttu. Enkä todellakaan tiennyt, että näin pitkä ura takana. Miellyttävää kuunneltavaa, kyllä tää uppoaa. 3.5/5.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Good, simple singer/songwriter folksy music. It never wowed me but it's a nice listen

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

Miellyttävää rauhallista folkkispoppista. Hyvin pelkistettyä, mutta tällainen laulaja/lauluntekijä ja kitara -musiikki on yleensä kolahtanut hyvin. Miellyttävä pehmeä lauluääni.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Do the first moments of this album suck or are they amazing? I think the vocal style is intentionally sloppy/conversational. This is post Carly Simon proto Fiona Apple. This album is filled with instrumental sounds—bass effect, acoustic electric guitar sound—that I hate, coffee shop core, but for some reason I don’t mind it on this album. She’s doing interesting things with rhyme scheme, cadence and delivery. It’s good/bad, I love/hate it. I’m not sure. She’s laying the tracks fir something good.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

In a different frame of mind I could find it easy to roast this album, but today it sounds pretty fresh. The talk-sing is endearing. The lyrics are engaging (although some of the knight-queen story was a bit cheesy). I love the production - the crystal clear guitar, the voice in front of the mix, the tasty synth flourishes. Strong 80s sound. Some really pretty moments. I enjoyed the thought exercise of doing a quick mental inventory of people I know that are likely to be closet Suzanne Vega fans. They're all introverted women that want more out of life than the present provides. Not necessarily in a depressive sense, but hopeful and striving. I think that sums up the feeling of this album. B+

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Thu May 20 2021
3

An enjoyable, competent album. Background music, doesn't belong on this list like so many others.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Not bad, quite nice folksy singer songwriter stuff. I’d probably listen to one or two tracks again

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

The speak-singing really threw me for a loop at the beginning of this record and I'm not sure if I ever recovered. The lyrics are personal and fairly compelling, but there wasn't a lot that drew me in. Nothing particularly bad, either. It just didn't really resonate for me. Rating: 2.5/5 Favourite tracks: "Freeze Tag", "Marlene On the Wall", "Knight Moves"

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

I really enjoyed the intimate lyrics and guitar stylings of Vega, but some of the production decisions and, as Nick noted, the sing/speak start to the record was off-putting. I'll remember a few of the tracks from this record, but the record as a whole was only okay. 2.5/5 Fav tracks: Knight Moves and Marlene on the Wall

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Tue May 25 2021
3

Highlight: Knight Moves In Conclusione: Conoscevo già questo album perché sono un po' fan di Suzanne Vega, ma l'avrò sentito un paio di volte. Conoscendo lei sento comunque già la sua connotazione stilistica e le basi per l'evoluzione che poi avrà in futuro. Questo disco è chiaramente molto influenzato dal sound anni '80 e secondo me ha influenzato parecchia gente già da subito, tipo Edie Brickell. Certo il sound anni '80 rende i pezzi a tratti un po' kitsch. I testi pure sono un po' hit and miss ma pure lì si vede l'embrione di come evolverà il suo modo di scrivere testi che a me è sempre piaciuto. Lo penalizzo giusto per il sound e il fatto che è ancora un po' una Suzanne Vega grezza.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

sounds nice

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Suzanne Vega has a very nice voice and it shines on this album.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

It was enjoyable but probably wouldn’t listen again.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Loved the guitar. She was meh.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

nice for in the background

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Suzanne has a great voice and lyrics, but the music was a bit bland

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Tue May 25 2021
3

Ho percepito Suzanne Vega come un'artista dall'anima profonda e poeta. I suoi testi rispecchino una femminilità di altri tempi, romantica, innamorata e depressa. Ma.. (perché c'è sempre un "ma") .. Nonostante i soli 35 minuti, non sono riuscito a concederle un secondo ascolto a causa di un'eccessiva logorrea. Nonostante inizialmente i testi mi abbiano colpito, entro la fine dell'album volevo tagliarmi le vene. Il mio giudizio sì riassumerebbe in: "per carità è brava, però du palle!" Voto: 3

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

Pleasant, lovely guitar playing.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

It was alright.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

ok but I prefer her work with Philip Glass.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

I like the musical style. This is another album that I was very surprised to learn came out in the mid 80's. This probably wouldn't make it into regular rotation for me because the singing style isn't great for me, but feels like a precursor to folks like Sarah McLachlan. Feels like a good 3 star effort.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
3

Die zonder de hits

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Mon Oct 04 2021
3

Good debut album. Great acoustic folk sound.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Quite pleasant with nothing too offensive, but nothing overly exciting either. Marlene is a nice song though. A respectable debut album.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
3

Never a big follower, I perceive the high level of Art Attitude toned down in later work, to the benefit of accessibility I think. I liked it, wouldn't necessarily seek it out.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

meh.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

The Queen and the Solider and Marlene on the Wall are standout tracks, didn't much enjoy the rest.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Boy did they pick the wrong Suzanne Vega album for this list. They couldn't have picked the one with "Tom's Diner" and the song about child abuse (Luka) instead? That's where Vega truly shines. This one's alright, but she mainly comes across as a stifled Lou Reed wannabe. Overall it's nice to listen to, and a short listen at that. Interesting that I loved the Suzanne Vega song from her 5th album that Spotify played after this album ended more than any song on this, her debut album.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Charming, good voice, nice songs. Just not really my thing, maybe? It didn't draw me in.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Quite a nice little debut album. A bit on the boring side though.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

not bad!

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Marlene On the Wall gefällt mir ganz gut, wie mir auch insgesamt die Performance von ihr ganz gut gefällt. Insgesamt finde ich das Album aber eher durchwachsen bis schwach, gerade zum Ende.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

e kunt maar een beperkte hoeveelheid Vega hebben

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

First listen, other than the singles. It was okay.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Really nice. Like to hear more of it.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Not bad, would give it 3.5 if I could

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

Since I already knew and liked a couple of songs by Suzanne Vega, this album was rather disappointing. It has some pretty good tracks like Marlene On The Wall and The Queen And The Soldier. But most of it is rather boring.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

This was fine, not bad. I did not take much away from this, however.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Inoffensive pop-country stuff, totally acoustic. Folky but not overly Bob Dylan-ish, so it didn't make me want to open fire in a shopping centre. So it's got that going for it. 3/5.

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Mon May 09 2022
3

Pleasant enough, but not much more than moderately interesting. She sings too precisely and almost talks on a few cuts. The arty guitar ‘80s vintage (“Straight Lines,” Undertow”) is probably the highlight. To be appreciated more than excited by.

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Mon May 09 2022
3

mum come pick me up she’s making me sad.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Suzanne Vega/Suzanne Vega = Suzanne Vega = 1

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Wed May 25 2022
3

Nice voice, nice sings

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

Uncomplicated - perhaps undemanding music? - that floats by in that rather weightless way peculiar to 1980s production. Aside from Vega's acoustic guitar, every other noise in the mix has a shiny, frictionless quality to it. Neither good nor bad, just an observation. However, the songwriting is strong; Vega does the observational and confessional well, albeit the latter is tempered by the coolness of her delivery. She sounds utterly in control of her music, and thus of her emotions. If you're looking for renting of garments and gnashing of teeth, it's not here. Still, Vega is listenable here, I find her precise vocals very appealing, and nothing offends the ear. I kinda wish it would...

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

So this is Suzanne before Luka. Nothing here has that Luka-level grab to it, but I liked listening to it. She has an unassuming but engaging voice and the arrangements were interesting. Not something I would run back to, but worth the listen.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

Красивая музыка. Для кого-то этот альбом может стать долгоиграющим альбомом. 6 из 10.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

És un dels discos que s'aprofita per a bé del so 80's. La música sentida de Vega, xiuxiueig de vegades, que en altres époques hagués conformat un disc de folk trist i pesat, en 1985, i gràcies també a la feina de Lenny Kaye, es transforma en un disc intimista però ric i variat, amb arranjaments sutils però que fan brillar les excel.lents lletres de l'autora

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Meh ok, nothing special.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

Enjoyed the chill vibe

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

A little too light for my taste.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Folk. Un poco aburrido.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

With the exceptions of Luka, In Liverpool and maybe Tom's Diner (all of which are not on this album) I always thought that Suzanne Vega's would be better as a poet than a songwrighter - her music sounds like poetry with some musical accompagnement rather than actual songs. There is hardly any memorable melody here, nothing that stands out. The tracks are OKish, but that's it. 2.5/5

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

quase um the corrs mas mais melodico

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

okay album, seems fairly similar female stripped down sound.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

It was a little inconsistent, but never really bad. Just bland in a lot of spots, and the 80's production really doesn't help. But when it is good, it is pretty great.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

OK debut by Suzanne Vega. Not my favorite of hers, but not a bad album.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Shickでcoolでnice

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

3.75

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Better than average 80's singer songwriter I guess. Another 3.5 for me though.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Beautiful singing and great songwriting made this a really enjoyable listen. The songs do seem to blend together at times but the storytelling throughout makes it a compelling listen. Definitely need to listen to a few more times. Usually not my type of music as I like having a couple songs with more energy but I can see the draw of this project. Rating a bit harsher as I’m comparing it to the rest of these 1000 albums

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Fijne muziek en goede teksten

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

fav songs: freeze tag small blue thing straight lines knight moves 3.8

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

It's pleasant.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Not horrible but not for me. One and done.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Marlene on the Wall is an incredible track but the rest of the album doesn't really do much for me. I also think she has better albums than this so I'm not sure why it made the list over other more worthy stuff. 3.5 stars

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

This was kind of exactly what I expected it would be, Suzanne is very good at what she does and this is a good listen. Definitely feel like it spawned a million inferior knock offs with a less varied sound, of which I'm far less tolerant.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Funny, the only songs I know by Suzanne Vega are Tom's Diner and Luka, and neither are on this album (and I didn't know until listening to it today that the latter is about physical abuse). She has a good voice and is a very insightful lyricist. I'm sure she was part of the strong 80's female songwriters that led record companies to try and copy it for the rest of the 80's and into the 90's. Still, like Kate Bush, I wasn't all that inspired to go out and listen to more of her stuff. Tori Amos (who is a suggestion after listening to Vega), yes, I want to hear more of her stuff. But Vega's voice and compositions just don't have the same attraction for me.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Acoustic fare. Very straightforward. I felt a few songs were a little too ... sophomoric (I'm looking at you, "The Queen & The Soldier). The songs that were with a band I actually liked more than just the plain acoustic guitar. It is a bit of a preface for her second album, which I think is a better choice for the 1001 albums. But they didn't ask me, did they?

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Decent listen, but nothing special. Fav track: Marlene on the Wall

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

esattamente come me lo aspettavo: noiosetto Però il mood non è male

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Tue Nov 15 2022
3

To be honest, it made me cringe at times... But the mood it created overall was interesting. The opening song was by far the worst for me (sounded pretentious - which is not always bad in my view, but in this case, it is...) and the rest was much more pleasant.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

Chill album, was an okay listen, but wasn’t moved much by the music or singing

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Fri Sep 25 2020
2

Igav

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Prima singer songwriter maar niet echt mijn ding

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Sun Feb 21 2021
2

it felt like a wannabe joni mitchell

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Acústico gostosinho; canta falando.. isso cansa

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Perfectly okay. Nothing stood out really. Didn't offend but probably wouldn't bother listening again.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Was ok, couple of songs I enjoyed but the rest were mostly a bit dull

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Not offensive but a bit too bland to have a significant opinion either way about it. Collectively summed up as 'meh'. 2*

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Thu May 20 2021
2

Nothing here that offends the ears but equally nothing of interest to me - all forgettable stuff

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Some ok songs, mostly boring

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Thu May 20 2021
2

Starts really badly, improves as it goes on and actually really quite enjoyable in parts.

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Mon May 10 2021
2

Rather forgettable.

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Mon May 10 2021
2

Start really badly, improves as it goes on and actually really quite enjoyable in parts.

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Mon May 10 2021
2

Nothing special, nice straightforward singer songwriter acoustic folky album but Suzanne Vega has better stuff than this. The only song I knew before listening was Marlene On The Wall and a couple of minutes after rifling through this set that hasn’t changed.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
2

Spoken word poetry with music really, wouldn’t be my thing usually ngl

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Tue May 25 2021
2

Sono combattuto, la sua voce mi piace ed anche il modo di cantare, l'arrangiamento è anni 80 ma mantiene una sua dignità stilistica anche se non mi fa impazzire. Però non credo che riascolterò questo disco così come me lo dimenticherò in fretta.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Ok album, did not grab me.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
2

Interesting songwriting, not my thing.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
2

Hmmm, not for me

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Fri Aug 06 2021
2

I mean, it's not bad, right? But it sure as hell isn't good. The vocals are ho-hum, the songwriting is faux-deep, and the whole thing suffers deeply from that horrible 80s studio production that leaves every instrument feeling plastic and synthetic. Acoustic guitars really shouldn't need that much processing.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
2

Very very forgettable

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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

Really sorry about your brother, Suzanne. Honestly, I love pop-tarts and everyone knows that they're only good if you heat them up. I'm pretty sure that Vincent chose the cinnamon and brown sugar Pop-Tarts. Not all Pop-Tarts are created equal. It would've sucked to die waiting for a strawberry Pop-Tart to exit the toaster before being shot by Butch. Anyhow, I really like your voice, but the music is pretty boring.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

Folkowy pop czy popowy folk, oto jest pytanie, jest to debiutancki material pani Vega, ktora kojarze jedynie z jednego kawalka, to jest luka swego czasu mocno radiowo grany kawalek, eponimowy albumik ma calkiem podobny vibe do hitowego utworu, wiec kompozycje pisane na akustyka na ktorym gra na wszystkich 10 trakach pani Suzanne, do tego elementy elektryka, basik i okazjonalne wstawki egzotycznych instrumentali jak wiolonczela czy perkusja, na kazdym traku musi byc cos klawiszowego, a klawisze tutaj to synthowe klikacze, co nadaje temu folkowemu materialowi popowatosci, jak widac udalo sie, bo jednak kariere zrobila, chociaz nie tym materialem, bo wiekszosc topowych traczkow pochodzi z pozniejszych albumow, ale jak na debiutancki material to pani vega mocno okreslila sie co ma zamiar tworzyc i byla w tym konsekwentna przez 35 minut trwania plyty, no moze poza ostatnim trakiem, ktory tak mocno wykorzystuje gre muzykow studyjnych, ze przekracza granice folkowatosci i atakuje rokowanie w stylu country, podzielone jest to na 10 trakow co daje typowo popowe dlugosci piosenek, jesli chodzi o kontent liryczny, to autorka tekstow jest oczywiscie pani Vega, jako glowny motyw albumu okreslilbym poszukiwanie samego siebie, tak bym powiedzial lowiac jakies podwojne czy potrojne dna z tych dosc prostych tesktow z jednolitym podzialem chorusowym i krotkimi lamaniami wersow, ostatni folkowy material to byl pan Cohen, moze dlatego tak drazni mnie az tak mocna prostota wykorzystania tekstu, kolejna kwestia jest to ze muzycznie album nie ma do zaoferowania niczego co jakos by zapadlo w pamiec na dluzej, mysle ze kawalkiem ktory najbardziej zapadnie mi w pamiec, to chyba najprostsza kompozycja plyty, otwierajacy cracking czyli song o przechadzce w parku, w swojej prostoscie bardzo obrazowy lirycznie, dlatego tez znajdzie on miejsce dla siebie na plejce folkowo rokowej

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Fri Sep 17 2021
2

Vega's vocals (though odd) are beautiful, though the entire album is weighed down by repetition in its tendency to abuse a 4-8 bar lick/chord progression throughout.

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Sun Oct 03 2021
2

Not my jam, but not bad.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
2

angsty, folky, thoughtful, but not for me - chac'un a son gout!!

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Wed Oct 13 2021
2

I mean, not really.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
2

2,5 how was this important enough to be on this list?

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Thu Nov 04 2021
2

ikke noget specielt

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

Alright pop album here. Didn’t feel too attached to it. It’s tone was pretty mild and it was consistent through. 4.1/10

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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

meh

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

blergh. soap opera sound track.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

2/5 nothing special

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Fri Dec 31 2021
2

Bit slow, bit depressing. Probably wouldn't listen again

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Mon Jan 03 2022
2

I do not enjoy this and don't intend to finish

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Sun Jan 09 2022
2

Meh

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Sun Jan 23 2022
2

Some reasonable folk I guess, I have no particular desire to revisit it

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Wed Jan 26 2022
2

Rätt bra story telling på en del låtar men överlag ganska tamt. Bra röst!

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Wed Jan 26 2022
2

trök

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Wed Jan 26 2022
2

Was waiting for her to start singing but it just sounded like a conversation about Chess. I liked the poetry but the music just wasn't lively enough for me. Kept thinking about the Queens Gambit on Netflix.

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