Eclectic singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is part of the fabric of the new folk movement, which sprang up in America in the 1980s, in her case that's New York City. One of the A&M family stalwarts too, her first six albums for the label are famed for their up close and personal tone and a writerly ability to focus on a miniature aspect of life and find a universality in the details.
Her self-titled debut was not just a critical hit in 1985, it also spawned two of her most enduring songs in "Small Blue Thing" and "Marlene on the Wall," radio favorites in the UK where the album would go Platinum. While she's seldom eschewed technology or progression Vega is most associated with her singer to listener directness.
Her second album, 1987's Solitude Standing has the contrasting emotional terrain of "Tom's Diner," a lovely adult meeting vignette, and "Luka," a cool but poignant look at domestic violence involving children. These two epic songs have been covered by Bingo Hand Job (R.E.M. and Billy Bragg) and the Lemonheads, respectively.