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Suzanne Vega - Songs In Red And Gray (2001)

Songs In Red And Gray - Suzanne Vega

Songs in Red and Gray

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Songs in Red and Gray
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Studio album by Suzanne Vega
ReleasedSeptember 25, 2001
RecordedNovember 2000 – May 2001
StudioLooking Glass Studio
GenreFolk rockpop rock
Length45:31
LabelA&M
ProducerRupert Hine
Suzanne Vega chronology
Tried & True: The Best of Suzanne Vega
(1998)
Songs in Red and Gray
(2001)
Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega
(2003)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(81/100) [1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars [2]
The A.V. Club(favorable) [3]
Blender3/5 stars [1]
E! OnlineB+ [1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+ [4]
Mojo4.5/5 stars [1]
Q3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau(dud) [5]
Rolling Stone(favorable) [6]
Songs in Red and Gray is the sixth studio album by Suzanne Vega and her last for A&M Records.

Contents

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Music and lyrics[edit]

Vega returns to acoustic folk-pop, shedding the experiments she had done in the 1990s with her husband, record producer Mitchell Froom.[2] New producer Rupert Hine shows some traces of his past work with '80s new wave bands by employing electronic beats,[3]but mostly allows Vega's voice and guitar to dominate in a manner reminiscent of her debut album and its 1987 follow-up, Solitude Standing.[2][3]
Most of the songs, like "Widow's Walk" and "(I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May", deal with the dissolution of Vega's marriage with Froom.[2][3][7] Her "calm, hushed, clear singing"[2] belies the album's "mood of heartbroken defiance".[3] The lyrics are "the most personally revealing songs she has written" in her career.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Suzanne Vega except where noted.
No.TitleLength
1."Penitent"4:16
2."Widow's Walk"3:33
3."(I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May"3:47
4."It Makes Me Wonder"4:00
5."Soap and Water"3:03
6."Songs in Red and Gray"4:18
7."Last Year's Troubles"3:35
8."Priscilla"4:14
9."If I Were a Weapon"2:45
10."Harbor Song"4:18
11."Machine Ballerina"2:57
12."Solitaire"2:10
13."St. Clare" (Jack Hardy)2:30
14."Golden" (Japanese release only)3:53

Personnel[edit]

  • Suzanne Vega – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Gerry Leonard – electric and acoustic guitars, dulcimer, mandolin, zither
  • Rupert Hine – keyboards, bass guitar, percussion, drum programming
  • Mike Visceglia – bass guitar
  • Nik Pugh – drum programming, synth lead
  • Jay Bellerose – drums
  • Matt Johnson – drums
  • Doug Yowell – drums, percussion
  • Pamela Sue Man – backing vocals, harmony vocals
  • Elizabeth Taubman – harmony vocals

Charts[edit]


Chart (2001)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8]187
French Albums (SNEP)[9]36
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10]53
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[11]34
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[12]31
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[13]47
UK Albums (Official Charts Company)[14]100
US Billboard 200[15]178

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