Looking Ahead: Suzanne Vega Comes to Booth Playhouse Sunday
Suzanne Vega has reached the top 10 of various international charts with “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner,” both from her sophomore album, “Solitude Standing,” and she has gone on to release over eight albums, live CDs and DVDs, and career retrospectives. In 2010, Vega began to release several volumes titled “Close Up,” which find her reimagining songs from her vast catalog in a stripped down, unadorned setting, placing emphasis on her lyrical talent and hushed melodic sensibility. The first three volumes have received worldwide critical acclaim.
Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known halls. In performances devoid of outward drama that nevertheless convey deep emotion, Vega sings in a distinctive, clear vibratoless voice that has been described as “a cool, dry sandpaper-brushed near-whisper” and as “plaintive but disarmingly powerful.”