It is Vega’s second album, Solitude Standing, however, that is rightly considered her magnum opus. Here, more than anywhere else, she writes pop music that is at once inventive, melodious and lyrically serious. The album begins fearlessly with the a capella poetry of ‘Tom’s Diner’, and from there transitions into
‘Luka’, Vega’s most enduring song, and a sensitive exploration of child abuse. As the album approaches its close, it becomes apparent that Vega is one of 1980s’ most singular and important pop musicians, an impression which the Werner Herzog-inspired ‘Wooden Horse (Casper Hauser’s Song)’ surely confirms.
Vega continued to make music throughout the 1990s, drawing particular influence from the decade’s electronic offerings. With her 1992 release 99.9F°, she experimented with more abrasive textures whilst retaining her distinctive lyricism. These days, she has returned to her roots; her most recent album, the brilliantly titled Tales From The Realm of the Queen of Pentacles, is a work of masterful stridence and lyrical density. On June 19, Vega is due to play Cadogan Hall, a chance to hear a truly unique talent.
|What||Suzanne Vega, Cadogan Hall|
|Where||Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London , SW1X 9DQ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Sloane Square (underground)|
On 19 Jun 15, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Cadogan Hall website|