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Just when the singer/songwriter movement seemed played out, Suzanne Vega helped rejuvenate the genre with her coolly perceptive lyrics and post-modernist folk approach. Days of Open Hand builds upon the minimalist base of her first two albums with atmospheric rock and jazz shadings. Vega excels at portraying the mysteries that lurk behind the faade of ordinary life, and she doesn't disappoint here. Tracks like "Institution Green" and "Predictions" wrap shadowy revelations around furtive melodies. "Men in a War" probes tragedy with poetic understatement, while "Tired of Sleeping" is an anthem of personal awakening. "Book of Dreams" is the album's centerpiece, a spirit-stirring tune with a chiming folk-rock feel. Vega's vocals - dreamily distant, then tenderly intimate -- bring her impressionistic story-songs vividly to life. Days of Open Hand is an album of subtle intimations and luminous sounds that only deepens with each listening.

Customer Reviews

Not so great.

I like Suzanne a lot, but this album is just plain blah. It is the one Vega album I don't really want in my collection, but in the era of digital music, it's hard to bring yourself to click "delete."

this will calm you

every word is poetry...every note is magic...every track is a winner...


This Album deserves a heck of alot more publicity I love it!


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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