Beauty & Crime - Suzanne Vega
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Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

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  • Summary: The folk singer returns after six years with her newest album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. The brushed drums and acoustic guitars of 'Anniversary' allow her whispery voice room to breathe. [10 Aug 2007, p. 69]
  2. Beauty & Crime is, without reservation, the defining creative moment of Suzanne Vega's career thus far.
  3. Almost every song is a gem, the lyrics thoughtful and melodies memorable.
  4. Beauty & Crime, an artful array distinguished by classy sonic design and lyrical charm.
  5. Thanks to a keen sense of proportion and concision--and the unmannered integrity of Ms. Vega’s singing style--the album isn’t ponderous.
  6. While the lovely melodies and Vega's hushed vocals make it perfectly good background music, to achieve the full effect you have to listen to those lyrics--she's one of the finest lyricists of recent times.
  7. The first five cuts on Beauty & Crime are absolutely gorgeous--near and sheer perfection.... The remaining songs, while enjoyable and meeting Ms. Vega’s usually high lyrical standards, don’t gel quite as smoothly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. miker.
    Aug 6, 2007
    10
    achieves artistry in 35 min
  2. joem.
    Aug 1, 2007
    10
    pretty good
  3. JJ
    Aug 2, 2007
    10
    This album has sleeper hit written all over it. One of the best new albums of the year so far and without a doubt her most solidly written and accessible works yet. Expand
  4. DouglasD.
    Aug 1, 2007
    9
    I agree: almost every song is a gem. Adorable voice, adorable album.
  5. WillV
    Aug 2, 2007
    9
    I was not expecting much, but having been a fan for awhile I took a chance and am glad I did. The songs are tight, compact and deliver. This maybe Ms. Vega's finest moment as an overall album, even if the highlights don't match the best songs on the other albums. Expand
  6. PadraigJ.
    Aug 8, 2007
    8
    I didn't know I could enjoy music like this anymore. A morally chastizing female singer/songwriter- tsk-tsking over our love of pornography, plastic surgery, and most unpleasantly that position so many musicial New Yorkers take that their beloved city is being ruined by suburbanites. Yet its nice and ...real? Not overly synthesizer produced with scores of violins, bird squaks, and samplings you can kind of pretend you're an adult and in some swanky New York cocktail lounge. She's got such a sexy subtle voice. "Pornagrapher's Dream" hasn't left my head for two days. Expand
  7. toto
    Jul 26, 2007
    3
    Absolutely derivative, non-original pice of crap.

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