Sound — 8
Suzanne Vega can be placed in pop. Suzanne Vega can be placed as easy listening. But whatever the case, this gifted vocalist/guitarist has a world influence as far as style and feel goes. She easily gains respect for her own developed one. One example of such a statement, take this album, "Solitude Standing", Suzanne's platinum second album. Creative use of the acoustic guitar with little pluckings and finger-style, her use of poetics throughout songs, and the percussion makes this album a signed, sealed, delivered, and it's yours.
Lyrics — 7
Her soft, moody voice profuses the scene/setting of the song. Such a daunting tone rhythmically spoken in "Tom's Diner", track 1, shows that there is no need for instruments; her voice is the instrument. The musician wants to create attention to the singleness of the one thing that is constantly heard throughout the song, and the story that enchants the listener. Vega deserves her props on this one, for creative control of voice, and tactful lyrics.
Overall Impression — 9
It reminds me of bits and pieces of KT Tunstall and her style of singing. KT has a bit of everything, like pop, soft rock, jazz, folk. Mostly soft pop/folk would be a fitting genre description for Suzanne Vega. This album proved to be the most critically acclaimed and popular of her releases. Some favorites would be "Luka", "Tom's Diner", "Solitude Standing" (although I tend to disagree with the intro being suspenseful with the steady beat, I would have chosen that intro to be with a more suitable song title/theme such as "Night Vision" or "In The Eye".) Some more favorites include "Luka" which became a single, "Ironbound Fancy Poultry", and "Calypso" (aluding to Homer's 'Odyssey'). I happened to stumble across this CD at the flea market, but for those who want to branch out and be inspired, get this CD with no delay!