Close-Up Vol. 3, States of Being

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Close-Up Vol. 3, States of Being
Suzanne Vega - Close-Up Vol. 3, States of Being.jpg
Studio album by Suzanne Vega
Released July 11, 2011 (2011-07-11)[1][2]
Genre Acoustic
Length 44:09
Label Amanuensis Productions
Suzanne Vega chronology
Close-Up Vol. 2, People & Places
(2010)
Close-Up Vol. 3, States of Being
(2011)
Close-Up Vol. 4, Songs of Family
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Sunday Express 5/5 stars[3]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[4]

Close-Up Vol. 3, States of Being is the tenth studio album released by New York-based singer/songwriter and musician Suzanne Vega.[5] The album consists of re-recordings of songs from Vega's back catalogue with stripped-down arrangements that highlight her lyrics and melodies. The songs included are her most haunting songs, which Suzanne used to call the "Mental Health" songs.[1][2]

Recording[edit]

"Language" was recorded in January 2011,[6] but doesn't appear in the CD track listing. "Penitent" and "Undertow" were recorded in December 2010.[7]

Track listing[edit]

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

[2][8]
No. Title Original album Length
1. "Undertow"   Suzanne Vega (1985) 3:31
2. "When Heroes Go Down"   99.9F° (1992) 2:06
3. "My Favorite Plum"   Nine Objects of Desire (1996) 2:38
4. "Solitude Standing" (Suzanne Vega, Michael Visceglia, Anton Sanko, Marc Shulman, Stephen Ferrera) Solitude Standing (1987) 3:59
5. "Cracking"   Suzanne Vega (1985) 2:58
6. "Last Year's Troubles"   Songs in Red and Gray (2001) 3:08
7. "Solitaire"   Songs in Red and Gray (2001) 2:15
8. "Tombstone"   Nine Objects of Desire (1996) 2:47
9. "Blood Makes Noise"   99.9F° (1992) 3:05
10. "50-50 Chance"   Days of Open Hand (1990) 2:48
11. "Penitent"   Songs in Red and Gray (2001) 4:08
12. "Straight Lines"   Suzanne Vega (1985) 4:03
13. "Pornographer's Dream"   Beauty & Crime (2007) 3:31
14. "Instant of the Hour After" (Vega, Duncan Sheik) Carson McCullers Talks About Love (2011)[9][10][11] 3:10
Total length:
44:09
Amazon/Nimbit bonus tracks
No. Title Original album Length
15. "Anniversary"   Beauty & Crime (2007) 3:05
16. "Language" (Suzanne Vega, Michael Visceglia) Solitude Standing (1987) 4:06
Total length:
51:19

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Suzanne Vega". PIAS France. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Close-Up, Vol. 3: States of Being by Suzanne Vega". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Townsend, Martin. "Album Review - Suzanne Vega: Close-Up Vol. 3, States of Being". Northern and Shell Media Publications. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Deming, Mark. "Close-Up, Vol. 3: States of Being - Review". AllMusic. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Suzanne Vega: Vol 3 of Close-Up coming out in July of this year - States of Being". Twitter. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Recording Language today". Twitter. 
  7. ^ "In the studio with the Brooklyn Rider string quartet working on Suzanne Vega Close-up Vol 3, States of Being. Penitent, Undertow today.". Twitter. 
  8. ^ "Close-Up, Vol. 3: States of Being by Suzanne Vega". AOL. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ Peter Zimmerman (April 1, 2011). "Show Review:Suzanne Vega, Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco, CA 01/27/2011". glidemagazine.com. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Suzanne Vega "20 Questions", 04.01.11". opus3artists.com. January 4, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ Planet Chocko (November 15, 2010). "Suzanne Vega performing at Housing Works bookstore & cafe". Planet Chocko. Retrieved June 2, 2011.