Suzanne Vega (album)

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Suzanne Vega
SuzanneVegadebutalbum.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1, 1985
RecordedJanuary - March 1985
StudioCelestial Sound Studios, New York City
GenreFolk,[1] Folk pop, Folk rock
Length35:37
LabelA&M CDA 5072
ProducerSteve Addabbo, Lenny Kaye and Steven Miller (co-producer)
Suzanne Vega chronology
Suzanne Vega
(1985)
Solitude Standing
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[3]
The Village VoiceB−[4]

Suzanne Vega is the self-titled debut album by Suzanne Vega. It was well-received by music journalists in the U.S.[5] 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",[6] which went into MTV and VH1's rotations.

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.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks 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]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak
position
1985 "Marlene on the Wall" UK Singles Chart 21[17]
1986 "Small Blue Thing" UK Singles Chart 65[18]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[19] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Platinum 300,000^
United States 250,000[21]
Summaries
Worldwide 2,000,000[22]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega". AllMusic. Retrieved October 1, 2006.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Evans, Paul; Berger, Arion (2004). "Suzanne Vega". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 845–46. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 30, 1985). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  5. ^ "Suzanne Vega: A Life in Music". Official Community of Suzanne Vega. Archived from the original on 2008-04-19. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  6. ^ Marlene On The Wall - Suzanne Vega on YouTube
  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. ^ Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  11. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "Charts.nz – Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  15. ^ "Suzanne Vega Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  16. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Album 1985". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  17. ^ "Suzanne Vega chart history (U.K.)". Official Charts. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  18. ^ officialcharts.com
  19. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Suzanne Vega – Suzzane Vega". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Suzanne Vega – Suzzane Vega". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Suzzane Vega in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  21. ^ Eric Pooley (27 April 1987). Songwriter Suzanne Vega Gets Set for Stardom. New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC. p. 54. ISSN 0028-7369.
  22. ^ Meter, Jonathan van (9 July 2007). "Lady of the Canyons". NY Mag. Retrieved 17 August 2018.