|Steady On||Sentimental Favourite|
|Fat City||Best songwriting. Has depth, has soul.|
|Live in '88||Pure emotion|
|Cover Girl||Former favourite, now displaced by Live in '88. Worst sounding, because live? (very relative!) Shawn Colvin Album|
|A Few Small Repairs||Wonderful sound, well balanced and enjoyable, but lacks depth.|
Suzanne Vega's 2 brilliant albums at that time - 1987, had already clued me into the neo-folk scene and I was clamouring for more. Then the Straits Times did a short review on Steady On, pointing out that Shawn was Suzanne's backup singer in Luka. Soon, I got Steady On on cassette and loved it.
After carefully considering the albums, I have to admit now that objectively, her best album is Fat City. The thing about Fat City is that its merits lay hidden deeply within the music. I have to admit that I didn't like Fat City for a very long time :) Fat City didn't seem to have any catchy tunes. Fat City highlights a songwriter of considerable maturity and skill. The songs are the best she has ever written and have enormous depth. Furthermore, it is, along with A few small repairs, fantastically great sounding. But since the music is Fat City is sparser compared to the congested rock/pop sound of Repairs, a decent hi-fi system presents Fat City in a very ideal light.