September 20, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Nine Objects of Desire

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Suzanne Vega
Producers
A&M
We gave it an A

Building on the sonic experiments of 99.9F[degrees], Suzanne Vega and husband/producer Mitch Froom have returned with her finest album, a stunning collection that’s simultaneously sensuous and thought provoking. The album’s 12 songs — which find an erotic charge in subjects ranging from childbirth to death — are constructed from the groove up, enlivened by Vega’s coolly knowing vocals, as well as instrumental flourishes that often recall Revolver-era Beatles. Nine Objects of Desire‘s a long way from ”Luka,” but Vega has managed to remake herself as the most consistently challenging and exciting singer-songwriter working today. A

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