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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 8, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002G0O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on December 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the most musically interesting of Suzanne Vega's recordings, and was my personal favorite from its release until "Songs in Red and Gray" a decade later. The debate below about the industrial or techno effects reminds me of the 40-year-old complaints about Dylan going electric. We started paying attention to him when he plugged in and performed "Like A Rolling Stone", and while I snatched up all her earlier work, much of Vega's most interesting music is here, is electric, and is engaging in large part because of its sound. Every one of Vega's CD's sounds different musically, and thus the notion that this isn't the "typical" Suzanne Vega seems silly to me. The one criticism I've read here with which I agree is that the CD is not perfectly cohesive; the simpler acoustic songs sometimes can sound out of place, however lovely. Perhaps it's just that they aren't always the best compositions here.
There are plusses and minuses to using electronic instruments and sounds. Listening a decade later, I find some of this music sounds dated, which will never happen with an acoustic guitar and a lovely voice, as on Ms. Vega's first CD. Still, it's the electronica that draws me in here, along with lyrics that focus as much on warm blood as her first collection focused on frozen water. Perhaps that's why she chose to use such pulsing electronic beats. I honestly don't know what's on her "best of" CD, but I couldn't imagine one without "Fat Man & Dancing Girl", "99.9Fº", "Blood Makes Noise", "If You Were In My Movie", "Rock in This Pocket", or "Bad Wisdom". I.e., I think more than half this CD is essential Suzanne Vega. I can't say that about any of her other five brilliant recordings.
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By A Customer on June 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
My first Suzanne Vega album was Solitude Standing which I bought about 3 years ago. I had heard Suzanne's "Luka" on the Lilith Fair live album and decided to give her a try. Unfortunately, I was sort of turned off by the heavy 80's sound, which at the time I wasn't really into. I forgot about Suzanne for over a year until I ran into this album at the library...and out of curiosity I checked it out.
From that point on, my opinion completely changed. At first I was taken aback by the sound, but on the second listen I was hooked. It completely changed how I listened to "Solitude" and seduced me to get all of Suzanne's other albums. She's now one of my favorite artists.
There's no two Suzanne Vega albums alike, yet when viewed as whole collection make perfect sense. As "industrial" as this album may sound at times, it's also one of her most acoustic. "Bad Wisdom" and "Blood Sings" are mostly just Suzanne and her beautiful (and frequently overshadowed on albums) guitar.
For me there's not a bad track on the album. It's probably one of her most accessible, yet most complicated albums -contradiction I know- and rarely goes long without being played on my CD player.
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I have all five of Vega's cds and I think she was her most daring with 1992's 99.9F. She blended alternative electronic sounds into her music creating a kind of Nine Inch Nails/Vega sound. I like all of her work, but I think this is a classic cd along with 1996's Nine Objects of Desire. She really hit her stride here. Songs like "Rock In This Pocket", "Blood Makes Noise", "99.9F", "In Liverpool", "If You Were In My Movie" and "As Girls Go" make this a classic. This is a must have for any rock collector.
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I'll just start off by saying that I am not a Suzanne Vega "fan." I find folk music generally offputting because of its innate pretention (and that's going to get me a few unhelpful ratings right there).
I must have simply been waiting for something like this to come along. The songs are terrific, the beats contagious, and the music way ahead of its time.
Perhaps this inspired Tori Amos to go electronic on From the Choirgirl Hotel (my favorite Tori album). Perhaps the producer is due the credit. Perhaps I just came in at the right time and the songs hit a chord with me. All I know is I never get tired of listening to these tunes, I've featured this album on at least two of my Listmania!'s, and I can't really get into anything else by her (except for Nine Objects of Desire, which represents a bit of a departure from this format).
The lack of length of the songs has given some pause, but I believe they are the better for it. In fact, my favorite, "When Heroes Go Down," clocks in at just under two minutes.
I would recommend this for anyone looking for introspective tunes with a good electronic feel, especially fans of Tori's Choirgirl album.
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Bought this for my wife for Christmas to replace an old worn out cassette tape. Now I know why the tape wore out. The is one of the greatest folk / rock albums ever produced. The songs are haunting and stay with you forever. The instrumentation, much of which was produced by David Hildago of Los Lobos, is still cutting-edge (remember this was recorded in 1992!). This album is what I call a "total package" where everything just worked good and anyone can enjoy. To me this was the pinnacle of Suzanne's career. I have no idea what she did after it and don't really care.
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