Reviewer: Nicholas Croft (New York) - See all my reviews
Suzanne Vega has been releasing recordings of a compelling emotional vulnerability, for a dedicated and enthusiastic public, during much of the past twenty years. Recently, she has completed the work of hosting a public radio series, "American Mavericks" with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. The series is comprised of some 13 one-hour long programs, featuring the histories and performances of amazing, iconoclastic, tradition-breaking classical composers of the 20th century.
A few years ago, around 1992, she teamed with producer Mitchell Froom on an album which poetically described the slightly elevated temperature of her quietly yearning human fire, 99.9F. That album's sound yielded for her music such hybrid classifications as "industrial folk" and "techno folk". The relationship between the two musicians flourished and Vega married Froom in 1993. By 1994, their first daughter Ruby was born.
Marriage agreed with the couple and smiled on their next collaboration together, 1996's "Nine Objects of Desire". Here we can see Suzanne Vega and Mitchell Froom producing an astonishing body of work, at the peak of both their artistic careers and their personal lives. This recording consists of songs which intertwine the sensitive vocal poetry and intricate guitar work of Suzanne Vega with Mitchell's Froom's intensely hip and sweetly sensual production methodology.
The music invites us on a journey which is thoroughly tender, yet carefully aggressive, warmly sexual yet sometimes dissonant. A journey which is both traditional and avant-garde all at the same time. Suzanne's voice is slightly off-center and because of that, it blends into a range of different soundscapes, revealing what a listener might not otherwise expect.
"Nine Objects of Desire" is a collection of twelve extended sonic moments of attentive communion. It is the ripe fruit of a music born through the spirit of a deep love, coupled with an easy trust. All fans of Suzanne's music should own this recording, it's one of her best.
* Birth-day (love made real)
* Casual Match
* Thin Man
* No Cheap Thrill
* World Before Columbus
* Honeymoon Suite
* My Favorite Plum