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Solitude Standing

Suzanne VegaAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GHB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than just "Luka" 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still standing head & shoulders above anything else... October 4, 2001
By A Customer
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time December 19, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD, Suzanne Vega's second, brought her commercial success through two of its best songs. Fans who are folk purists have something bad to say about everything after her first, eponymous, recording. Most of us, however, would never have heard that first recording if not for the success of this one, and it was successful for good reason. It isn't that the warmer sound or the use of distinctive instrumentation drew in fans, though some of the experiments with new sounds here seem to foreshadow her later work with Mitchell Froom. It's that Ms. Vega's poetry - and her lyrics truly are poetry - moved from the steady cool flow of her first album to include several truly outstanding songs like "Luka", "In the Eye", "Language", "Solitude Standing", "Ironbound", and "Tom's Diner", that jump out and grab the listener emotionally. And it's interesting to be grabbed so fiercely by such a tiny soft voice uttering such powerful words.
Where the a capella "Tom's Diner" has one marveling at Vega's descriptiveness again, as well as a simple but captivating beatnik beat, "Luka" and "In the Eye" are absolutely breathtaking in their quiet intensity. Reviewers here have diverse interpretations of "In the Eye", but I hear another abusive relationship in its worst moments as she calmly sings, "If you were to kill me now right here I would still look you in the eyes. And I would burn myself into your memory as long as you were still alive. I would live inside of you, I'd make you wear me like a scar." Her poetry acquires more feeling on this album, from my perspective. "Gypsy", though not the best song here, actually has warmth to it, something new to her repertoire at the time.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eighties never got much subtler than this 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solitude Standing 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her poppiest album, and also her best. February 27, 2000
By D. Mok
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Re do of her sounds without instruments. Not what I was looking for.
Published 6 days ago by Corey A. Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars On the 2nd floor STILL
I got this album when it was released. It was very out of my league to listen to something like this back then , due to my dark wave/post punk roots. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Clayton Acklin
5.0 out of 5 stars solitude can be beautiful
one of the best albums...original, multi-faceted, slightly melancholic...something to listen to if you need to tune out the world for a while...
Published 2 months ago by theo
5.0 out of 5 stars Culture Factory Remaster!!
"Solitude Standing" is Suzanne Vega's classic release from 1987, and my favorite of her diverse catalogue. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Joe Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Late eighties masterpiece
I remember how much life Suzanne Vega invigorated the New York City folk music scene in the mid-1980s. Her first album generated so much buzz -- remember? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Charles - Music Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic poet and fine musician
Nobody can match what Suzanne can put out in her deep emotion. How all of this is put together is great too. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Joe Kuether
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different
I first got this album in the cassette form when it first came out years ago... stretched it out because I played it so much. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stephanie A Brennan
4.0 out of 5 stars Still standing after all these years
I purchased this to make up some of the gaps in my collection. This was inspired by listening to Suzanne on MasterTapes a BBC Radio presentation. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Green Milo
4.0 out of 5 stars The one and only Suzanne Vega album on the hearth at number 80
It is still in 2012, a very haunting and beautifully constructed album. Right from the opening vocalised "Tom's diner" this is a very listenable. Read more
Published 17 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
If you like Suzanne Vega you'll love this, her first album. Typical CD sound, for better or worse, but nothing unusual about the recording. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Donald R. Miller
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