Suzanne Vega (album)

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Suzanne Vega
SuzanneVegadebutalbum.jpg
Studio album by Suzanne Vega
Released May 1985
Recorded January - March 1985 at Celestial Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Pop, Folk Rock
Length 35:37
Label A&M CDA 5072
Producer Steve Addabbo, Lenny Kaye and Steven Miller (co-producer)
Suzanne Vega chronology
Suzanne Vega
(1985)
Solitude Standing
(1987)

Suzanne Vega is the 1985 eponymous debut album by Suzanne Vega. It was a well-received pop-music album by music journalists in the U.S.[1] and reached platinum status in the United Kingdom. Produced by Lenny Kaye and Steve Addabbo, the songs feature Vega's acoustic guitar in straightforward arrangements. A video was released for the album's song "Marlene on the Wall", which went into MTV and VH1's rotations.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau B- [3]
People (positive) [4]
Rolling Stone (positive) [5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[6]

In 1989, Rolling Stone magazine listed Suzanne Vega at number 80 on its "100 Best Albums of the Eighties".[7] It is also mentioned in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The album has sold close to two million worldwide.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Suzanne Vega.

  1. "Cracking" – 2:49
  2. "Freeze Tag" – 2:36
  3. "Marlene on the Wall" – 3:40
  4. "Small Blue Thing" – 3:54
  5. "Straight Lines" – 3:49
  6. "Undertow" – 3:26
  7. "Some Journey" – 3:38
  8. "The Queen and the Soldier" – 4:48
  9. "Knight Moves" – 3:36
  10. "Neighborhood Girls" – 3:21

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985–86) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[10] 23
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[11] 11
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 54
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[13] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 42
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 11
US Billboard 200[16] 91

Singles

Year Single Chart Peak Position
1985 "Marlene on the Wall" UK Singles Chart 83[17]
1986 "Small Blue Thing" UK Singles Chart 65[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Suzanne Vega: A Life in Music". Official Community of Suzanne Vega. Archived from the original on 2008-04-19. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Suzanne Vega (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2006.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 30, 1985). "Consumer Guide July 30, 1985". The Village Voice. Retrieved 20 November 2011.  Also posted at "Suzanne Vega". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Novak, Ralph; Hiltbrand, David (May 27, 1985). "Picks and Pans Review: Suzanne Vega". People 23 (21). Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Fricke, David (July 4, 1985). "Suzanne Vega: Suzanne Vega : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone (451). Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2007. 
  6. ^ "Acclaimed Music - Suzanne Vega". AcclaimedMusic.net. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Azerrad, Michael; DeCurtis, Anthony (November 16, 1989). "The 100 Best Albums of the Eighties: 80 | Suzanne Vega, 'Suzanne Vega'". Rolling Stone (565). p. 53. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Van Meter, Jonathan (July 9, 2007). "Lady of the Canyons". New York Magazine. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Suzanne Vega — Suzanne Vega
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 329. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and June 19, 1988.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  15. ^ "1985-10-19 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  16. ^ "Suzanne Vega – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Suzanne Vega. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  17. ^ http://www.theofficialcharts.com/search-results-album/_/Marlene+On+The+Wall#single
  18. ^ http://www.theofficialcharts.com/search-results-album/_/Small+Blue+Thing#single