Close-Up Vol. 2, People & Places

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Close-Up Vol. 2, People and Places
Studio album by Suzanne Vega
Released October 12, 2010 (2010-10-12)
Genre Acoustic
Length 48:06
Label Amanuensis Productions
Suzanne Vega chronology
Close-Up Vol. 1, Love Songs
(2010)
Close-Up Vol. 2, People and Places
(2010)
Close-Up Vol. 3, States of Being
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

Close-Up Vol. 2, People and Places is the ninth studio album released by New York-based singer/songwriter and musician Suzanne Vega.[2] The album consists of re-recordings of songs from Vega's back catalogue with stripped-down arrangements that highlight her lyrics and melodies. The track "The Man Who Played God" was included in its original version on the album Dark Night of the Soul, by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Suzanne Vega, except where noted. 

No. Title Original album Length
1. "Luka"   Solitude Standing (1987) 3:13
2. "Zephyr & I"   Beauty & Crime (2007) 3:09
3. "New York Is a Woman"   Beauty & Crime 2:59
4. "In Liverpool"   99.9F° (1992) 4:50
5. "Calypso"   Solitude Standing 3:45
6. "Fat Man and Dancing Girl" (Vega, Mitchell Froom) 99.9F° 2:18
7. "The Queen and the Soldier"   Suzanne Vega (1985) 5:03
8. "Rock in This Pocket (Song of David)"   99.9F° 3:40
9. "Angel's Doorway"   Beauty & Crime 2:53
10. "Ironbound/Fancy Poultry" (Vega, Anton Sanko) Solitude Standing 5:01
11. "Neighborhood Girls"   Suzanne Vega 3:32
12. "Tom's Diner"   Solitude Standing 4:34
13. "The Man Who Played God" (Danger Mouse, Mark Linkous, Vega)   3:08
Total length:
48:06
SuzanneVega.com bonus tracks [3][4]
No. Title Original album Length
14. "Song of Sand"   99.9F° 3:07
15. "Room off the Street" (Vega, Sanko) Days of Open Hand (1990) 3:00
16. "Wooden Horse (Casper Hauser’s Song)" (Vega, Michael Visceglia, Sanko, Marc Shulman, Stephen Ferrera) Solitude Standing 4:26
17. "Priscilla"   Songs in Red and Gray (2001) 3:45
18. "Frank and Ava"   Beauty & Crime 2:41
19. "Luka" (en Español) Solitude Standing 3:22
Total length:
68:27
iTunes and Amazon.com bonus tracks
No. Title Original album Length
14. "Song of Sand"   99.9F° 3:07
15. "Priscilla"   Songs in Red and Gray 3:45
16. "Wooden Horse (Caspar Hauser’s Song)" (Vega, Michael Visceglia, Sanko, Marc Shulman, Stephen Ferrera) Solitude Standing 4:26
17. "Luka" (en Español) Solitude Standing 3:22
Total length:
62:46

Personnel[edit]

  • Suzanne Vega: vocals, acoustic guitar, producer, liner notes
  • Gerry Leonard: electric & acoustic guitar, cello arrangement (7), additional arrangement
  • Mike Visceglia: bass, cello arrangement (7), additional arrangement
  • Karl Berger: string arrangement
  • Ruby Froom: backing vocals
  • Bob Ludwig: mastering
  • Doug Yowell: percussion
  • Brooklyn Rider: string quartet

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[5] 199
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[6] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Close-Up Vol. 2, People & Places". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Suzanne Vega: Close-Up Vol. 2". Michael Hausman Artist Management Inc. Retrieved 3 August.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Suzanne Vega | Store: CLOSE-UP Vol. 2, People & Places
  4. ^ "Nimbit Music: Suzanne Vega". Cdfreedom.com. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Suzanne Vega – Close-Up: Vol 2, People & Places". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "Suzanne Vega Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Folk Albums for Suzanne Vega. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 8, 2014.