Suzanne Vega (album)

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Suzanne Vega
SuzanneVegadebutalbum.jpg
Studio album by Suzanne Vega
Released May 1985
Recorded January - March 1985
Studio Celestial Sound Studios, New York City
Genre Folk[1]
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)Solitude Standing1987
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 1985 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]

Weekly charts[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak Position
1985 "Marlene on the Wall" UK Singles Chart 21[16]
1986 "Small Blue Thing" UK Singles Chart 65[17]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] N/A 250,000[20]
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A 2,000,000 [21]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^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 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Evans, Paul; Berger, Arion (2004). "Suzanne Vega". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. 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.org.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. ^ "Suzanne Vega chart history (U.K.)". Official Charts. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  17. ^ http://www.theofficialcharts.com/search-results-album/_/Small+Blue+Thing#single
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Suzanne Vega". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  20. ^ Eric Pooley (27 April 1987). Songwriter Suzanne Vega Gets Set for Stardom. New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC. p. 54. ISSN 0028-7369.
  21. ^ Meter, Jonathan van (9 July 2007). "Lady of the Canyons". NY Mag. Retrieved 17 August 2018.