Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Sunday Sounds – Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega is probably still best known for her 1985 self titles debut album and it’s single “Marlene On The Wall” which was one of those albums which seemed to be bought by nearly everyone.

Her next effort, Solitude Standing (1987), garnered critical and commercial success including two hit singles: “Tom’s Diner” and “Luka”, the latter of which was an international success.

“Luka” is written about, and from the point of view of, an abused child—at the time an uncommon subject for a pop hit. While continuing a focus on Vega’s acoustic guitar, the music is more strongly pop-oriented and features fuller arrangements.

The a cappella “Tom’s Diner” was later a hit again, remixed by two British dance producers under the name DNA, in 1990. The track was originally a bootleg, until Vega allowed DNA to release through her record company, and it became her all-time biggest hit.

She has now decided to go back to her roots with the intention of releasing four themed albums of stripped down recordings of her songs, volume 1 Love Songs is now available.

“Gypsy” – Suzanne Vega

Although the new versions are devoid of the typical 80’s sound of synthesisers and associated gloss the sound is not all acoustic with the new version of “Marlene” benefitting from some neat electric guitar.

To buy the music of Suzanne Vega click HERE

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July 11, 2010 - Posted by | New Music, Old Music, Video |

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