Suzanne Vega (album)

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Suzanne Vega
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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
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[3]
The Village Voice B−[4]

Suzanne Vega is the 1985 debut album by Suzanne Vega. It was a well-received pop-music album 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", 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".[6] It is also mentioned in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The album has sold close to two million worldwide.[7]

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]

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. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. 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. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ Van Meter, Jonathan (July 9, 2007). "Lady of the Canyons". New York Magazine. 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 for Suzanne Vega. 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