One of music’s most prolific singer/songwriters, Suzanne Vega, has crafted a stunning new collection of songs that will take listeners on a sonic journey through her diverse influences. Vega’s first new studio album in seven years, ‘Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles’ features ten new songs each telling a story that has to do with the material world and the world of the spirit and how they intersect.
‘Tales From The Realm Of The Queen of Pentacles’ taps into Vega’s broad range of musical tastes, intertwining Dylan/Stones inspired guitar-driven songs with lush orchestral strings and trumpet, soul-packed background vocals and Vega’s masterful classic folk elements.
"A lot of my older albums, especially the second one, were about being solitary. This album has more of a sense of connectivity, there is a different spirit." Suzanne Vega.
Suzanne Vega was the first major figure in the bumper crop of female singer/songwriters who rose to prominence during the late '80s and '90s. Her hushed, restrained folk-pop and highly literate lyrics (inspired chiefly by Leonard Cohen, as well as Lou Reed and Bob Dylan) laid the initial musical groundwork for what later became the trademark sound of Lilith Fair (a tour on which she was a regular). Moreover, her left-field hit single "Luka" helped convince record companies that folk-styled singer/songwriters were not a thing of the past after all, paving the way for breakthroughs by Tracy Chapman, Michelle Shocked, Shawn Colvin, Edie Brickell, the Indigo Girls, Sinéad O'Connor, and a host of others on through the '90s. Vega's early commercial success helped open doors for a wealth of talent, and even if she couldn't sustain the level of popularity she reached in 1987 with "Luka" and the platinum Solitude Standing, she maintained a strong and dedicated cult following. Vega returned in 2001 with her first album in five years, Songs in Red and Gray, which was greeted with her strongest reviews in a decade.