2. Window's Walk
3. (I'll Never Be) Your Maggie May
4. It Makes Me Wonder
5. Soap And Water
6. Songs In Red And Gray
7. Last Years Troubles
9. If I Were A Weapon
10. Harbour Song
11. Machine Ballerina
- Personnel includes: Suzanne Vega (vocals, acoustic guitar); Elizabeth Taubman, Pamela Sue Mann (vocals); Gerry Leonard (acoustic & electric guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, zither); Rupert Hine (strings, piano, keyboards, bass, programming); Mike Visceglia (bass); Doug Yowell, Jay Bellerose, Matt Johnson (drums); Nick Pugh (programming).
- Personnel: Suzanne Vega (vocals, acoustic guitar); Rupert Hine (strings, woodwinds, piano, keyboards, drum programming); Dougie Yowells (drums, percussion); Matt Johnson , Jay Bellerose (drums).
- Audio Mixer: Stephen W. Tayler.
- Recording information: Chung King; Looking Glass Studio; Sear Sound Studios, New York, NY; Shelter Island Sound.
- Photographer: Melanie Nissen.
- Arranger: Rupert Hine.
- After a five-year gap between albums (which also saw the split-up of Vega and her producer/husband Mitchell Froom), Suzanne Vega returned to the fray in 2001 with SONGS IN RED AND GRAY. Liberated from the trademark sound-stamp of Froom, Vega ventures into new sonic areas via the organic-but-inventive production of British journeyman Rupert Hine. From the angular, catchy "Widow's Walk" to the acoustic-oriented folk balladry of the anachronistic-sounding "Harbor Song," Vega's divorce obviously informs many of the lyrics here, but there are plenty of other topics at work.
- "(I'll Never be) Your Maggie May" is an endearingly melodic folk-rocker that tackles the older woman-younger man issue from the opposite side of the fence from Rod Stewart, whose own song provides this one with a namesake. "If I Were A Weapon," with its insistent rhythm guitar and relentless rhythm uses the artillery metaphor to get at basic truths about the human psyche. Stepping away from her own material, Vega closes the album with a cover tune, "St. Clare," a gorgeous ballad written by New York underground folk legend Jack Hardy, an early mentor/supporter of Vega. It provides an elegant and touching end to an album full of raw emotions carefully sifted through surgically precise songwriting.
Entertainment Weekly (9/28/01, p.74) - "...Infinite sadness, hypnotic beauty..." - Rating: B+
Q (10/01, p.136) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Crisply charming..."
CMJ (9/17/01, p.34) - "...Vega's trademark wistful vocals and poetically cerebral lyrics emerge with more poignancy and introspection on this album..."
Mojo (Publisher) (10/01, p.128) - "...The album could be her finest..."