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Suzanne Vega - Beauty & Crime (2007)

Beauty & Crime - Suzanne Vega

Beauty & Crime

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Beauty & Crime
Suzanne Vega B&C Cover.jpg
Studio album by Suzanne Vega
ReleasedJuly 17, 2007
RecordedNovember 2006 – January 2007
StudioGreat City Productions and Sear Sound Studios, New York City; Jimmy's Studio and Olympic Studios, London, England
GenreFolk rock, pop
Length33:58
LabelBlue Note
ProducerJimmy Hogarth
Suzanne Vega chronology
Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega
(2003)
Beauty & Crime
(2007)
Close-Up Vol. 1, Love Songs
(2010)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(84/100) [1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [2]
BBC Music(positive) [3]
Billboard(positive) [4]
The Boston Globe(positive) [5]
Entertainment WeeklyA- [6]
musicOMH4/5 stars [7]
New York Magazine(positive) [11]
The New York Times(positive) [10]
PopMatters7/10 stars [8]
Stylus[9]
Under the Radar7/10 stars [1]
USA Today3/4 stars [12]
Beauty & Crime is the seventh studio album by singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega. It is her first album of new material since 2001's Songs in Red and Gray and her first for Blue Note Records. It was released on July 17, 2007. Beauty & Crime won the Grammy Awardfor Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, on February 11, 2008.

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Development[edit]

After lukewarm commercial success for her last two albums, Nine Objects of Desire (1996) and Songs in Red and Gray (2001) A&M Records ended their contract with Vega[citation needed] with the release of the more commercially successful hits package Retrospectivein 2003.
Vega embarked on an extensive tour and performed songs from Beauty & Crime in their early forms, including "Unbound," "Edith Wharton's Figurines," and "New York is a Woman".
The album was recorded in New York City from November 10–November 27, 2006, with additional recording in England in January 2007.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Suzanne Vega.
  1. "Zephyr & I" - 3:10
  2. "Ludlow Street" - 3:16
  3. "New York is a Woman" - 2:54
  4. "Pornographer's Dream" - 3:23
  5. "Frank & Ava" - 2:38
  6. "Edith Wharton's Figurines" - 2:23
  7. "Bound" - 4:43
  8. "Unbound" - 3:34
  9. "As You Are Now" - 2:20
  10. "Angel's Doorway" - 2:55
  11. "Anniversary" - 2:57
  12. "Obvious Question" (Bonus Track) - 1:50

Personnel[edit]

  • Suzanne Vega – acoustic guitar, vocals (all tracks)
  • Gerry Leonard – electric guitar (1, 2, 5 to 11), acoustic guitar (4, 5, 10)
  • Lee Ranaldo – electric guitar (1, 2, 10)
  • Martin Slattery – piano (3, 4, 7, 10), flute (9), brass (3), reeds (3)
  • Samuel Dixon – bass (2, 3, 6, 11) live bass (8)
  • Tony Shanahan – bass (1, 5, 9, 10)
  • Mike Visceglia – bass (4)
  • Graham Hawthorne – drums (1, 3, 5, 6, 9 to 11), live drums (2, 7, 8)
  • Jimmy Hogarth – percussion (1 to 5, 10, 11) electric guitar (1), acoustic guitar (11)
  • Doug Yowell – drums (4, 6), percussion (4, 6)
  • KT Tunstall – background vocals, vocal arrangements (1, 5)
  • Ruby Froom – background vocals (2, 8)
  • Beccy Byrne – background vocals (8)
  • Emily Singer – background vocals (8)
  • Anthony Genn – background vocals (11)
  • Philip Sheppard – cello (1, 6, 7)
  • Matthew Ward – violin (1, 7)
  • London Studio Orchestra – strings (2, 4, 7, 9) led by Perry Montague–Mason
  • Pete Davis – programming (2, 4, 7, 8, 10)
Production
  • Jimmy Hogarth – producer
  • Cameron Craig – engineer
  • Emery Dobyns – engineer

Notes[edit]

Vega wrote following comments on the album's songs:
  • "Zephyr & I": a conversation between the graffiti artist Zephyr and myself, West End Avenue remembered
  • "Ludlow Street": for my brother Tim who lived there, memories of parties and rehab
  • "New York is a Woman": New York personified as a woman who has had a hard time but is still beautiful
  • "Pornographer's Dream": what would he really desire?
  • "Frank & Ava": a couple who gets along in bed but not out
  • "Edith Wharton's Figurines": women past and present, how we suffer for beauty
  • "Bound": a love song to my husband
  • "Unbound": a spiritual song about a plant
  • "As You Are Now": to my daughter, who is a natural treasure
  • "Angel's Doorway": A cop is stationed at Ground Zero and his wife wants him to leave his clothes at the door. Also about troops returning home.
  • "Anniversary": The anniversary week of 9/11 a year later in New York City
  • "Obvious Question": about alcohol and the damage done (this track is only available on the Japanese import CD)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13]302
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14]31
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[15]69
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[16]13
Czech Albums[citation needed]37
Estonian Albums[citation needed]9
French Albums (SNEP)[17]52
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[18]81
Italian Albums[citation needed]74
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[19]49
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20]79
UK Albums[21]127
US Billboard 200[22]129
US Top Internet Albums[citation needed]24
US Billboard Comprehensive Albums[citation needed]140

Certifications[edit]


RegionCertificationCertified units/Sales
Worldwide (IFPI)N/A100,000[23]
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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