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Solitude Standing

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Album Review

The songs on Solitude Standing, Suzanne Vega's second album, had years listed beside them on the lyric sheet, so you could see that some of them dated back to 1978. But that bold admission heralded the album's triumph — its diversity was what made it so good. Partially, that was because the old songs were the equal of anything on the first album — tunes like the a cappella slice-of-life "Tom's Diner" and the warmly romantic "Gypsy" simply wouldn't have fit thematically on the debut. On Solitude Standing, however, they became part of an album of story songs set in a variety of musical contexts; many had band arrangements, and in fact, members of Vega's touring band often were credited as co-writers. Additionally, Vega had developed more as a singer without losing the focused intonation that had made her debut — one of many compelling elements which helped make "Luka," a character song about domestic abuse, a fluke hit.

Customer Reviews

Great to sleep to

Ok, so this might be the most backhanded compliment ever, but I had a great night's sleep to this album. I originally bought it when it was first released on LP back in the 80s. I recently purchased it on iTunes for my iPod and was listening to it last night when I was trying to go to sleep. The soft melodies, singing and rhythms brought me into the most perfect peaceful sleep that I haven't had in a long time, even with my daughter crawling into bed with us because she's sick and with my wife poking me to keep me from snoring. Of course, listening to this during the waking hours is also recommended.


Gypsy is one of the most beautiful songs ever made.

You come from far away...

When my mom hears gypsy she cries, the lyrics are just so bittersweet, you have to love them. You come from far away, with pictures in your eyes... Please do not ever look for me, but with me you will stay. Whenever I listen to this song, I think of my uncle who died of kidney cancer last February. We lost him in three months, but at that time he still had the nerve to sacrifice his rest to watch Justin Timberlake host Saturday night live.;) Anyway, when I was little, my mom would sing me to sleep with gypsy, and I always listen to it on my ihome to fall asleep to this day. BUY THIS ALBUM!!!


Born: July 11, 1959 in Santa Monica, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Suzanne Vega was the first major figure in the bumper crop of female singer/songwriters who rose to prominence during the late '80s and '90s. Her hushed, restrained folk-pop and highly literate lyrics (inspired chiefly by Leonard Cohen, as well as Lou Reed and Bob Dylan) laid the initial musical groundwork for what later became the trademark sound of Lilith Fair (a tour on which she was a regular). Moreover, her left-field hit single "Luka" helped convince record companies that folk-styled singer/songwriters...
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