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Solitude Standing

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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


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  4. In The Eye 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  6. Solitude Standing 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Calypso 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Language 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Gypsy 4:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Wooden Horse (Casper Hauser's Song) 5:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Tom's Diner (Reprise) 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GHB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
There are those who want fireworks, Kiss-style with their music. There are those who want depth and musical sophistication--and get into some cerebral art-rock like Pink Floyd, where excellence and excess aren't that far apart.
....And then there's just good music. Like Suzanne Vega. English majors everywhere probably drool over this album, since it's striking that strange but serene balance between elegant simplicity and artistic depth. No one else could tackle growing pains, domestic abuse, the inadequacy of words, the cheapness of exterior beauty, and countless other subjects with such an honest, unassuming style. Encounters with other devotees of this woman have proved interesting--usually female, usually of a slight hippie persuasion (not that this is bad!). However, I took a chance on this album and I promptly became a believer; it's hard not to. There's something about her music that is genuinely timeless, however much people might try to lump her into the Lilith Fair crowd. People will still be spinning "Luka" long after trends have come and gone. She's a true artist in the best sense of the word, and people of her honesty and depth are too rare in the music business.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Andrius Uzkalnis on August 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Suzanne Vega never eclipsed this album and "Luka" (with "Tom's Diner" coming close second). If anyone tells you eighties were all about silly hairdos and empty, meaningless bubble-gum tunes, remind them of Suzanne Vega. Of course, you will need to buy this album to play it for them.
When you listen to the entire album, you will be surprised to find other very strong and captivating songs that you must have overlooked when "Luka" was topping the charts. "Gypsy" is one example - melodically accomplished, sensitive and pure.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By keever@ebb.org on September 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Although most know Suzanne Vega for a song on this record ("Luka"), it's only one reason to add this one to your collection. _Solitude Standing_ is thoughtful, touching, elegant. From "Ironbound Fancy Poultry"'s use of chicken parts as metaphor for their sellers' dreams of freedom to the title track's quiet poetry, this is one of those rare recordings that is solid from start to finish. Highly recommended.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Luka" might have been the song that made most people aware of Suzanne Vega and this album, but it was not even close to being the best song on "Solitude Standing." My money is on the title track, but you can certainly have a different favorite. Vega gets characterized as a "folk" singer, which may or may not ring true, but it does remind listeners that this is one artist where you want to pay attention to the lyrics because they are the best part of her work and unlike some of her music they reflect her efforts alone. Just read the lyrics of "In the Eye," "Calypso," "Language," or "Gypsy." But again, for me it keep coming back to the title track:
Solitude stands by the window
She turns her head as I walk in the room
I can see by her eyes she's been waiting
Standing in the slant of hte late afternoon
And she turns to me with her hand extended
Her palm is split with a flower with a flame
Simply exquisite; and you do not need to get out the booklet to understand the words, which leads to this Final Thought: I always thought it was surprising that Vega received so much credit for brining the topic of child abuse to light with her music when Pat Benatar's "Hell is For Children" covered the same ground. But that just proves that once again with rock and roll too many just do not listen to the lyrics (remember Ronald Reagan quoting the lyrics to "Born in the U.S.A."?).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on February 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
On Solitude Standing, Suzanne Vega layers catchier melodies and arrangements onto her verbally adept, absorbing songs, and the result is an album that is both her commercial and artistic peak.
Who can forget the quiet but involving melodies of "Luka"? One of the perfect pop songs of the '80s, with a moving, understated lyric, shimmering guitar accents and beautiful backing vocals by Shawn Colvin, "Luka" broke Vega's career wide open and turned this into a platinum album. As good as the song is, though, the title track "Solitude Standing" is even better -- building from an unusually tough bass line, Anton Sanko's evocative keyboards and a gorgeous, poetic lyric of almost mythical power ("Solitude stands by the window..."), the song makes perfect use of Vega's cooing voice to convey the ultimate low-lit, abandoned feeling.
"In the Eye" has Vega injecting a rock beat into a simple, defiant lyric; "Tom's Diner" is, of course, her most famous song, here in its original, wry a cappella version before DNA got its hands on it; and "Ironbound/Fancy Poultry" is luscious and pregnant with imagery.
If you don't have it already, get it -- a pop-music classic whose treasures are buried abundant and deep, Solitude Standing is an essential piece of music history and, to this day, sounds fresh and up to date.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "mariannerussell2000" on January 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.
"Solitude Standing" is near and dear to me because of songs like "Luka", "Gypsy", and "Tom's Diner". Each song that she sings really tells a story about pain, love, love lost, and neglect.
Suzanne Vega keeps inspiring the musicians around her as well as her listeners.
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