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  • Summary: Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega fills her sixth studio album with 13 new compositions. Former producer (and former husband) Mitchell Froom is gone, replaced by Rupert Hine, who creates an overall sound that is more like Vega's earliest recordings than her Froom-produced output during the 1990s.
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  1. 90
    Could well be her finest yet. [Oct 2001, p.128]
  2. Her calm, hushed, clear singing only emphasizes the emotional torment the songs trace. The result is an album on a par with her best work.
  3. Infinite sadness, hypnotic beauty. [28 Sep 2001, p.74]
  4. Revealing a songwriter unwilling to compromise even when it hurts, Songs makes her return all the more welcome.
  5. Vega's been good before, especially on her eponymous 1985 debut and its '87 follow-up, Solitude Standing, but never as consistently good as she is here.
  6. [Her songs are] articulate and bright, enlivened by pithy metaphors and images that suggest a well-rounded English major with a sensitive side.
  7. 60
    One of Vega's best. [Oct/Nov 2001, p.114]

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  1. JaniceC.
    Oct 9, 2001
    10
    Awesome CD!! Best one yet since her 5 yr break!! got to have it!
  2. PhilipF
    Mar 16, 2003
    10
    Saw her live in concert, and met her. She is amazing. It is too bad that people tire of good artists like her, Cyndi Lauper and Joan Osborne. Saw her live in concert, and met her. She is amazing. It is too bad that people tire of good artists like her, Cyndi Lauper and Joan Osborne. American Radio is soooo fickle! I'm tired of hearing scantily clad women with no talent (or talent, but crappy materiel.) Would love to hear some talented seasoned songwriters like Suzanne getting some air time! This album is melodic, thought provoking and beautiful! Expand
  3. SteveG.
    Nov 23, 2001
    10
    Fantastic.
  4. JohnV.
    Dec 2, 2001
    10
    This is a very good one... probably her best...
  5. Oct 3, 2014
    7
    Another quality collection from the folk songstress. Like the vast majority of her output, "Songs in Red and Gray" is consistent and maintainsAnother quality collection from the folk songstress. Like the vast majority of her output, "Songs in Red and Gray" is consistent and maintains a high level of songwriting throughout. Vega's complex lyrics on everyday observations complement her simple guitar melodies perfectly. The days of the chart hits may be gone for Vega but there are no poor tracks present here and it is a rare record where you can say this. "Priscilla" and "St Clare" stand out for me. Expand

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