Beauty & Crime - Suzanne Vega
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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19

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  1. Oct 30, 2014
    7
    "Beauty and Crime" is a cohesive piece of work with all the songs contributing to the whole, with a general theme seeming to be based on New York life. The songs are typical Vega - strong songwriting, great lyrics, simple melodies, smooth vocals. Each track gets to its point promptly and in a straightforward manner. "Beauty and Crime" is over before you know it and this makes it easy to"Beauty and Crime" is a cohesive piece of work with all the songs contributing to the whole, with a general theme seeming to be based on New York life. The songs are typical Vega - strong songwriting, great lyrics, simple melodies, smooth vocals. Each track gets to its point promptly and in a straightforward manner. "Beauty and Crime" is over before you know it and this makes it easy to miss the craft put into making such a simple and straightforward sounding record. While the songwriting is good, "Beauty and Crime" works best as an album with all the songs working well together rather than on an individual level. It's hard to say whether anything on here would make an updated "Best of " compilation. There is no standout track or hit single but at this stage in Vega's career, her fans don't need this and will find everything they are looking for here. Lean, tight songs that hit the spot. Expand
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84

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. 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.
  3. 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.