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Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers

Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers is the ninth studio album by the American singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, which was released on October 14, 2016.[1] The album is based on a play Carson McCullers Talks About Love about the life of the writer Carson McCullers, written and performed by Vega, which premiered in 2011.

Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 14, 2016[1]
StudioSneaky Studios
GenreFolk rock
Length33:02[2]
LabelAmanuensis Productions[3]
ProducerGerry Leonard
Suzanne Vega chronology
Close-Up Series
(2014)
Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers
(2016)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [5]

BackgroundEdit

When she was 15, Vega read the books of Carson McCullers and has been fascinated by her ever since.[6]

She wrote eight songs with Duncan Sheik and two with Michael Jefry Stevens.[7] Some writing was done in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[6]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Carson's Blues" (Vega/Michael Jefry Stevens)2:55
2."New York Is My Destination[8]"3:09
3."Instant of the Hour After[9]"3:06
4."We of Me[10]"2:52
5."Annemarie"3:18
6."12 Mortal Men"2:47
7."Harper Lee[11]"3:43
8."Lover, Beloved"3:24
9."The Ballad of Miss Amelia" (Vega/Stevens)4:18
10."Carson's Last Supper"3:30
Total length:33:02

Music videoEdit

Official music video for a song "We of Me" has been directed by Chuck Moore.[10]

PersonnelEdit

  • Suzanne Vega – vocals, composer
  • Duncan Sheik – composer, Hammond B3, harmonium, pedal bass, percussion, background vocals
  • Gerry Leonard – arranger, guitar, mandolin, producer, ukulele, vibraphone
  • Roswell Rudd – trombone
  • David Rothenberg – clarinet, bass clarinet
  • Michael J. Merenda Jr. – banjo, banjo-ukelele
  • Jason Hart – piano
  • Will Holshouser – accordion
  • Byron Isaacs – double bass
  • Yuvall Lyon – drums
  • Doug Yowell – percussion
  • David Poe – background vocals
  • Ruby Froom – background vocals
  • The Garrison Gang – background vocals
  • Kevin Killen – mixing
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Michael Tudor – engineer
  • Milo Decruz – engineer[12]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 456
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14] 33
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[15] 58
Scottish Albums (OCC)[16] 71

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Suzanne Vega Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers". Nimbit. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers". Tidal. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  3. ^ "New album "Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers" Out October 14, 2016". SuzanneVega.com. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  4. ^ Deming, Mark. Review of Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers at AllMusic. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  5. ^ Dwyer, Michael (19 October 2016). "Review of Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b Vega, Suzanne (12 October 2016). "Suzanne Vega on Carson McCullers, civil rights, and British tea!". Mark Goodier sits in (Interview). Interviewed by Mark Goodier. BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  7. ^ Ayers, Mike (July 6, 2016). "Hear Suzanne Vega's New Song 'We of Me' From Her Upcoming Album Inspired by Writer Carson McCullers (Exclusive)". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  8. ^ Hay Festival 2016: Suzanne Vega Performs New York is My Destination. The Telegraph. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  9. ^ First published on Close-Up Vol. 3, States of Being (2011)
  10. ^ a b Suzanne Vega - We Of Me [Official Video]. YouTube. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  11. ^ Suzanne Vega - Harper Lee (Official Audio). YouTube. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Lover, Beloved". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Response from ARIA re: ARIA chart history for Suzanne Vega, received 31 October 2017". Imgur.com. Retrieved 31 October 2017. N.B. The High Point number in the NAT column represents the release's peak on the national chart. This history only contains data from the commencement of the ARIA-produced chart in mid-1988.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Suzanne Vega – Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Suzanne Vega – Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 22, 2016.

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