Suzanne Vega

by Paul Burmeister

When younger music listeners ask me about my preferences, I usually list Suzanne Vega among my favorites because I hold hope that her music can reach across generations. These are the things I like most about Vega's art: well-crafted pop songs, intelligent writing, interesting production values and a distant, almost-spoken vocal styling.
I own five of her CDs and all of them are unified works. A listener can select / download individual cuts to playlists, but the pleasure of experiencing the entire album is special to Vega's music.
For example, from 1990's Days of Open Hand, I recommend "Book of Dreams" and "Fifty-Fifty Chance." Yet the whole album delivers on repeated listens.