Suzanne Vega - Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles

Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles is Suzanne Vega’s first album of new material in seven years. It follows her four-volume Close-Up series, which offered stripped-down takes on songs from her catalog, on her own label Amanuensis Productions. This new collection stands in stark contrast to the hushed intimacy of those re-recordings. With accompaniment from a dozen noteworthy contributors (including Tony Levin, Jay Bellerose, longtime collaborator Gerry Leonard) it’s probably Vega’s richest and most sonically diverse album. There’s even a sample of 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop” on “Don’t Uncork What You Can’t Contain,” a song that also namechecks Macklemore and finds Vega sorta rapping. It’s her first experiment with sampling, but given that “Tom’s Diner” has been sampled by everyone from 2Pac to Drake to Lil’ Kim to Yo Gotti, it’s probably overdue. Listen below.

Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles is out 2/18 on Amanuensis Productions. Check out tour dates below.

3/15 SXSW
3/20 Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
3/21 Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
3/22 Patchogue, NY @ Patchogue Theatre
4/30 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
5/01 Natick, MA @ Center for the Arts in Natick
5/02 Brooklyn NY @ Bell House
5/04 New York, NY @ City Winery
5/05 Philadelphia, PA @ World Café
5/07 South Orange, NJ @ South Orange Performing Arts Center
5/08 Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head on Stage
5/09 Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere
5/10 Lumberton, NC @ Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater
5/11 Charlotte, NC @ Booth Playhouse
5/13 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
5/15 Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
5/16 Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
5/17 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Culture Center
5/19 Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
5/20 Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
5/22 Grass Valley, CA @ The Center for the Arts
5/23 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
5/24 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
5/25 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern

Comments (3)
  1. It’s really impressive that her voice sounds exactly the same as it did 20 years ago.

  2. Ok, if JUST for this one song, I’m getting this album (well, already pre-ordered), but I’m impressed – can’t wait to hear the whole album: February 18 can’t come too soon…She’s a legend in artistic music :)

  3. I need to hear 50 return the favor and get her on a hook

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