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Days of Open Hand

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  • Audio CD (April 6, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GIT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite Suzanne Vega album. I'm puzzled that most of her fans feel differently.
I wasn't as fond of the quirky, edgy Mitchell Froom production on the next two albums... I really enjoyed this one much more, the spaciousness and shadow, the sense of underwater floating or otherwordly journeying that moves through songs like "Those Whole Girls," "Big Space" and "Rusted Pipe." Suzanne and her keyboardist Anton Sanko produced a rich and poetic trail of songs here.
A song I especially love on this CD is "Predictions", which features slow guitar, echoey synth, and percussive rhythm over which Suzanne recites, as a poem, many ways to tell the future. The song offers no actual predictions... it only beckons you to feel that universal desire for omniscience, the urge to visit the altar, to roll dice, reveal cards.
The top 40 single, "Book of Dreams", was more poppy and neatly upbeat than the rest of the disc. I recall reading an interview with Suzanne when this album came out, and she mentioned listening to XTC's "Oranges and Lemons." I hear their influence in this track. This may have misled and disappointed buyers at the time; the single wasn't as compelling as "Luka," and much of the rest of the CD was veiled in ambiguities.
The closing track "Pilgrimage" is simply gorgeous. It builds to become almost anthemic, a sure path, a promise: "I'm coming to you, I'll be there in time..." which I've come to imagine as an arc back around like outstretched arms to the tired, fever-dreaming girl who began the disc with an imploring waltz, "Oh, mom... I wonder when I will be waking... there's so much to do, and i'm tired of sleeping." Beautiful.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
In a mad search for a song called "Left of Center", I bought all of Suzanne Vega's albums. By the time I found out "Left of Center" was on the "Pretty in Pink" soundtrack, I'd fallen in love with Suzanne's music. Instead of being with the rest of her albums, I found this album, "Days of Open Hand", in the three tapes for $10 bin. I found that very shocking as I listened to it, especially when I listened to the latter half of the songs (from "Those Whole Girls (Run in Grace)" to "Pilgrimage"). Extremely creative are the only words I could think of to describe it since it lacks a proper pigeonhole or genre titile. I'd call it "Night Music" myself. In fact, now that I think of it, the order in which the songs were placed on the album seem to give a Day into Night feel as "Institution Green" sort of bleeds into the latter half of the album like the sun setting on one horizon while the moon rises over the other. Do yourself a favor and buy this album if you buy any of hers. While you're at it, check out the songs "Solitude Standing" and "Wooden Horse" on the "Solitude Standing" album; so good that authors John Skipp and Craig Spector used them as a musical backdrop to their book, "Deadlines".
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Hawkins on January 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When 'Days Of Open Hand' was first released I bought it and loved it. After not hearing it for over 10 years, I recently bought a new copy and listened with fresh ears and I can now understand the mixed reviews I've seen of this album. It's certainly worth buying for anyone who likes S.Vega's sound but judging it against the genius-level standard set by her other albums, Days Of Open Hand feels a little bland. There are some very good songs, my favorite being 'Rusted Pipe', but overall the album seems to lack the inspiration I'm accustomed to in S.Vega's records. If you're looking to buy your first S.Vega album, this isn't the one. Go with 'Solitude Standing' or 'Nine Objects Of Desire'. If you're already a fan but don't own 'Days Of Open Hand', you should certainly buy it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Johncagebubblegum on January 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
You never hear a living soul talking about this album; at least I don't. That's why I'm glad the few [people] prove that I'm not the only one who thinks there's something special about this album.
Days Of Open Hand is enormously overlooked. Why? Did it get bad reviews? Were people 'scared off' because this album just needs some more listening to than Solitude Standing? I will definately be the last to say that this album is accessible; when I first heard it I didn't care for it at all and forgot about it. Though, luckily, there are always moments you try out the albums you forgot about again. I listened to it over and over; and now it's my favorite Vega album.
The album is not brilliant from beginning to end. It's especially the opening song Tired Of Sleeping that I'm having trouble with; it's not bad, but a bit too poppy too really fit the rest of the album. Book Of Dreams has the same problem.
The rest is gorgous though. All the songs are highly poetic and never pretend to be 'deep', though they are. The more I hear certain songs, the more they grow on me and the more I get addicted. Rusted Pipe is too beautiful for words; some people here say that it's one of the weaker songs on the album. They really must be deaf to ignore it's brilliance. Institution Green, Big Space and Pilgrimage... they're all songs that need some more listening to than your average Suzanne Vega song, but you will be rewarded with an album full of downright gems.
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