Beauty & Crime - Suzanne Vega

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Beauty & Crime is, without reservation, the defining creative moment of Suzanne Vega's career thus far.
  2. 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.
  3. Beauty & Crime is an effective meeting point between her folky organic side and more experimental bent, and is populated with her strongest melodies since the dazzling "Nine Objects of Desire." [Summer 2007, p.91]
  4. 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.
  5. The brushed drums and acoustic guitars of 'Anniversary' allow her whispery voice room to breathe. [10 Aug 2007, p. 69]
  6. It's trim rather than hurried, does not waste a note and, because of that, may be the best of Vega's seven studio albums.
  7. Almost every song is a gem, the lyrics thoughtful and melodies memorable.
  8. Thanks to a keen sense of proportion and concision--and the unmannered integrity of Ms. Vega’s singing style--the album isn’t ponderous.
  9. Nothing too dire mars Vega’s compositions, which remain as condensed and detailed as Victorian miniatures.
  10. Beauty & Crime, an artful array distinguished by classy sonic design and lyrical charm.
  11. The results are richly satisfying throughout.
  12. Underneath all of those lush, gorgeous strings, [producer] Hogarth then layered the electronic beats, delays, fades, and distortions that lend the album its freshness and vitality.

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