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Suzanne Vega - Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles (2014) [US Promo]

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Suzanne Vega - Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles (2014) [US Promo]

Suzanne Vega - Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles (2014) [US Promo]
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 97 Mb | Scans included
Label: Amanuensis Productions | # AMAN2510PR | Time: 00:36:44
Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock

2014 release, the first studio album of new material in seven years from the singer/songwriter. Tales From The Realm… features 10 new songs, each telling a story that has to do with the material world and the world of the spirit and how they intersect. Suzanne spent the past few years writing and recording these new gems on the road, recording portions in Chicago, London, Prague, LA and New York City, and Kyserike Station, an old train station in upstate New York. Tracking for the album took place mostly at the Clubhouse Studios in Rhinebeck, and the album was mixed by Kevin Killen, who has worked with Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush.

The four volumes in Suzanne Vega's Close-Up series revisited her catalog thematically with stripped-down charts. It appealed to her base of fans who patiently waited seven years for new material. The ten songs on Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles fits that bill. The set was produced by longtime associate and co-writer Gerry Leonard, and played by a weighty studio cast. The album isn't so much a change of musical direction as it is a classy revisioning of Vega's trademark sound. These tracks address many of humanity's big themes through Vega's canny, detailed gaze, sometimes with the added weight of the metaphorical wisdom from the tarot. "Crack in the Wall" is a Buddhist reflection on awareness with the songwriter's signature tight lines and vivid physical descriptions. Its martial snare and painterly electric guitars are countered by Larry Campbell's mandolin and banjo. "I Never Wear White" is a punchy rocker with Leonard's big fuzzy guitars up front, a whomping bassline by Tony Levin, and the loud drums of Jay Bellerose. Its lyric reveals Vega has lost none of her wry sense of humor. "Don't Uncork What You Can't Contain" samples 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" in an allegorical tale about caution, with Pandora as one of its muses. "Song of the Stoic" updates "Luka," in a sense. Written from a drifting, hardworking male's point of view, it uncovers the emotional cost that physical abuse can take on an adult life. Its musical vehicle is angular rockist Americana, with the Smichov Chamber Orchestra Prague providing windswept accompaniment, making the lyric's emotional impression indelible. "Laying on of Hands/Stoic 2" discusses the cost of repression – physical and psychological – with Mother Teresa and Epictetus its referent examples. The rumbling bassline and slippery backbeat feeds Vega's sung cadences as a psych-tinged six-string fills lines and codas; both feature the powerful backing vocals of Catherine Russell. Not everything here works, though. "Portrait of the Knight of Wands," despite its attractive melody, is marred by a very clunky refrain, and "Jacob and the Angel" feels more like a demo than a finished track. Closer "Horizon (There Is a Road)" is dedicated to Václav Havel's memory. It's a gentle acoustic rocker with an elegant trumpet solo in the bridge. It's the one place here where Vega's trademark detachment doesn't reign. Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles is a welcome return by an artist who has remained stubbornly true to herself and only records when she has something new to say.

Review by Thom Jurek, Allmusic.com

Suzanne Vega - Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles (2014) [US Promo]



Tracklist:

01. Crack in the Wall (04:22)
02. Fool’s Complaint (02:38)
03. I Never Wear White (03:08)
04. Portrait of the Knight of Wands (04:16)
05. Don’t Uncork What You Can’t Contain (03:29)
06. Jacob and the Angel (04:03)
07. Silver Bridge (03:46)
08. Song of the Stoic (04:03)
09. Laying on of Hands / Stoic 2 (03:52)
10. Horizon (There Is a Road) (02:51)


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Analyzed: Suzanne Vega / Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles
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Suzanne Vega - Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles (2014) [US Promo]

Suzanne Vega - Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles (2014) [US Promo]

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