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Album Review: Evening of New York Songs and Stories [Live] by Suzanne Vega
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Born in Santa Monica, California, Suzanne Vega moved to New York when she was just two years old. Raised in Spanish Harlem and the Upper West Side in Manhattan, she was swarmed by an eclectic mix of cultures and music and began writing songs as a teenager. She would trade her receptionist duties during the day for hanging in Greenwich Village’s Songwriters Exchange at night and was soon playing at venues like The Bottom Line and Folk City.
New York is a pretty big city, big enough that there's more than one type of prototypical New Yorker. When she released her debut album in 1985, Suzanne Vega seemed very much a New Yorker, a well-groomed but card-carrying Greenwich Village bohemian who emerged in the wake of anti-folk and the Fast Folk magazine crowd with an acoustic guitar and a stack of songs. While Vega's style has not changed radically with the passage of time, 2020's An Evening of New York Songs and Stories documents her presenting herself to a very different sort of Big Apple resident, the moneyed Manhattan sophisticate who has refined taste and the bankroll to indulge it.