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Classic Album Review: Suzanne Vega | Songs in Red and Gray

The singer-songwriter engages in musical self-help therapy on this sombre set.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


“How low does one heart go?” wonders Suzanne Vega on Penitent, the aptly titled first song of her sixth album.

She spends the next 45 minutes or so answering her own question as she sifts through the ashes of her failed marriage (to superstar producer Mitchell Froom) and engages in some musical self-help therapy on this collection of 13 self-indulgently sombre, electronic-tinged folk-rock snifflers with titles like (I’ll Never Be) Your Magic May, Last Year’s Troubles, Solitaire and If I Were A Weapon (steady there, Suzie). Oh, and just for the record, the answer to that opening question? Pretty damned low.