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In 1985, singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega released her stunning self-titled debut album. Twenty five years and seven million albums later, Suzanne is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation. Now she is reinterpreting a majority of her catalog in an intimate and personal manner, creating four new thematic albums that will be released over the next two years. The first is Suzanne Vega Close Up, Vol. 1: Love Songs, which includes stripped-down versions of her influential hit song "Marlene On The Wall," the bossa nova favorite "Caramel," and many more.

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B003DC8806
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut ... Read more in Amazon's Suzanne Vega Store

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Unfortunately, the production values on this recording are really disappointing.
Brian M. Berns
That haunting voice is still wonderful - a little huskier and more breathy perhaps which only adds to the atmosphere of the recording.
Sid Nuncius
If you remember ther 1987 hit song 'Luka' and, like me, were one of those who loved it, this album is for you.
Bonnie Brody

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jerry D. Weller on March 10, 2010
Format: Audio CD
In the era of omnipresent auto-tune along comes an artist who has the courage to put her voice out there virtually unprocessed sometimes backed by nothing but her guitar. As a result you will not hear pitch perfect vocals here. Sometimes the deep emotions Suzanne is feeling as she sings cause her voice to waver or quake.

So why does this effort rate 5 stars? Stripping away the studio trappings means you will experience a deep emotional connection to every word Suzanne sings. The words remain pristine and poetic and in these stripped down arrangements they shine like diamonds. Many of the old songs are rephrased, sang in new ways by a more mature artist. Songs such as "Harbor Song" reveal their true emotional power in whole new ways when the external trappings have been stripped away.

Finally, Suzanne Vega is a true singer/songwriter. You won't find six different people claiming credit on every song she sings as is the case with so many other "singer/songwriters" who have never written a single song by themselves and won't sing anything somebody else writes unless they get a piece of the songwriting credits and the royalties. Suzanne is the real deal! This album is worth your time and money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 12, 2010
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On October 12, 2010, Suzanne Vega released Volume 2 of the Close-Up CD's (Close-Up 2: People & Places - select the Deluxe MP3 download version). Volume 2 is the much stronger CD.

This is an amazing, wonderful album. Suzanne Vega has gone back to the studio, removed all the production from the recordings, and stripped her songs to the most important elements. There's no overpowering perfection and extra instruments on these recordings. You can hear Suzanne breathe into the microphone, and you can hear her fingers glide over the guitar strings; you feel as if Suzanne Vega is in your living room performing. These are not unplugged versions of her songs, they are songs performed in the singer song writer tradition, using just the right number of instruments to convey the emotion of the song. On some songs there are backing instruments, on others it is just Suzanne, her voice and acoustic guitar.

If I had only listened to this album by itself, I would declare it fabulous. However, now that Volume 2 has been released, there is a new bar. Volume 1 sounds a bit flatter, with less emotion. These are love songs, they are tender. But they have less range; I feel a bit less emotion with Volume 1. There's more of a Bossa Nova and old time jazz singer flavor running through these songs. The flavor is not unpleasant, just not nearly as powerful and moving as the songs on Volume 2. The Volume 1 songs sound a bit more like the original recordings with similar tone and tempo (Volume 2 mixes things up a lot).

I still love this album. Taken as a whole, with Volumes 1 and 2 playing on shuffle, Suzanne Vega's music cannot be beaten.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jerry D. Weller on March 10, 2010
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In the era of omnipresent auto-tune along comes an artist who has the courage to put her voice out there virtually unprocessed sometimes backed by nothing but her guitar. As a result you will not hear pitch perfect vocals here. Sometimes the deep emotions Suzanne is feeling as she sings cause her voice to waver or quake.

So why does this effort rate 5 stars? Stripping away the studio trappings means you will experience a deep emotional connection to every word Suzanne sings. The words remain pristine and poetic and in these stripped down arrangements they shine like diamonds. Many of the old songs are rephrased, sang in new ways by a more mature artist. Songs such as "Harbor Song" reveal their true emotional power in whole new ways when the external trappings have been stripped away.

Finally, Suzanne Vega is a true singer-songwriter. You won't find six different people claiming credit on every song she sings as is the case with so many other "singer-songwriters" who have never written a single song by themselves and won't sing anything somebody else writes unless they get a piece of the songwriting credits and the royalties. Suzanne is the real deal! This album is worth your time and money.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 18, 2010
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Suzanne Vega is the real thing. If you remember ther 1987 hit song 'Luka' and, like me, were one of those who loved it, this album is for you. It is filled with her wonderful dissonant and melodic voice (yes, both together) and the songs are incredibly good. 'Gypsy' is one of my favorites. It is a love song about a woman who wants to be held like a baby who can't stop crying by a man she's recently met. He's a potter, lean and wise and the romance is full-blown in Vega's song. 'Caramel' is a jazzy cut that makes you want to get up and dance. 'Songs in Red and Grey' is about an affair seen through the eyes of a child. 'If You Were in My Movie' is a winsome and creative cut where Vega imagines her lovers in different roles - the doctor, the detective, etc. 'Some Journey' is about the imaginings of where we would be now had we met on a journey. 'Bound' is a powerful cut about the ravagings of the world on the body and soul.

The songs tell stories of love and sometimes pain, but they are Vega through and through. I heard part of this album on NPR and read the description and history of this album's creation, also listened to cuts from each song. It's a CD I can't afford NOT to have, it's that beautiful.
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