Songs in Red and Gray

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Songs in Red and Gray
Suzanne Vega - Songs in Red and Gray.jpg
Studio album by Suzanne Vega
ReleasedSeptember 25, 2001 (2001-09-25)
RecordedNovember 2000 – May 2001
StudioLooking Glass Studio
GenreFolk rock, pop rock
Length45:31
LabelA&M
ProducerRupert Hine
Suzanne Vega chronology
Tried & True: The Best of Suzanne Vega
(1998)
Songs in Red and Gray
(2001)
Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega
(2003)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(81/100) [1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars [2]
The A.V. Club(favorable) [3]
Blender3/5 stars [1]
E! OnlineB+ [1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+ [4]
Mojo4.5/5 stars [1]
Q3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau(dud) [5]
Rolling Stone(favorable) [6]

Songs in Red and Gray is the sixth studio album by Suzanne Vega and her last for A&M Records.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Vega returns to acoustic folk-pop, shedding the experiments she had done in the 1990s with her husband, record producer Mitchell Froom.[2] New producer Rupert Hine shows some traces of his past work with '80s new wave bands by employing electronic beats,[3] but mostly allows Vega's voice and guitar to dominate in a manner reminiscent of her debut album and its 1987 follow-up, Solitude Standing.[2][3]

Most of the songs, like "Widow's Walk" and "(I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May", deal with the dissolution of Vega's marriage with Froom.[2][3][7] Her "calm, hushed, clear singing"[2] belies the album's "mood of heartbroken defiance".[3] The lyrics are "the most personally revealing songs she has written" in her career.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Suzanne Vega except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Penitent"4:16
2."Widow's Walk"3:33
3."(I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May"3:47
4."It Makes Me Wonder"4:00
5."Soap and Water"3:03
6."Songs in Red and Gray"4:18
7."Last Year's Troubles"3:35
8."Priscilla"4:14
9."If I Were a Weapon"2:45
10."Harbor Song"4:18
11."Machine Ballerina"2:57
12."Solitaire"2:10
13."St. Clare" (Jack Hardy)2:30
14."Golden" (Japanese release only)3:53

Personnel[edit]

  • Suzanne Vega – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Gerry Leonard – electric and acoustic guitars, dulcimer, mandolin, zither
  • Rupert Hine – keyboards, bass guitar, percussion, drum programming
  • Mike Visceglia – bass guitar
  • Nik Pugh – drum programming, synth lead
  • Jay Bellerose – drums
  • Matt Johnson – drums
  • Doug Yowell – drums, percussion
  • Pamela Sue Man – backing vocals, harmony vocals
  • Elizabeth Taubman – harmony vocals

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 187
French Albums (SNEP)[9] 36
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 53
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[11] 34
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[12] 31
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 47
UK Albums (Official Charts Company)[14] 100
US Billboard 200[15] 178

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Songs In Red And Gray by Suzanne Vega". Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e Songs in Red and Gray at AllMusic
  3. ^ a b c d e Phipps, Keith (25 September 2001). "Suzanne Vega: Songs In Red And Gray". Avclub.com. The A.V. Club. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Entertainment Weekly review". Archived from the original on August 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  5. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: suzanne vega". Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on August 10, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-10.
  7. ^ a b Katz, Larry (September 23, 2001). "Revelations – Suzanne Vega's personal turmoil fuels intimate 'Red and Gray'". The Boston Herald. Boston, MA. Retrieved June 28, 2016. – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  8. ^ "Response from ARIA re: ARIA chart history for Suzanne Vega, received October 31, 2017". Imgur.com. Retrieved October 31, 2017. N.B. The High Point number in the NAT column represents the release's peak on the national chart. This history only contains data from the commencement of the ARIA-produced chart in mid-1988.
  9. ^ "Lescharts.com – Suzanne Vega – Songs in Red and Gray". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  10. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Suzanne Vega – Songs in Red and Gray". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Suzanne Vega – Songs in Red and Gray". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Suzanne Vega – Songs in Red and Gray". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  14. ^ "Official Charts > Suzanne Vega (albums tab)". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  15. ^ "Suzanne Vega Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 8, 2014.

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