by Suzanne Vega
Released: Mar 1987
The cult classic "Tom's Diner" begins and ends Solitude Standing, Suzanne Vega's 1987 breakthrough that was also something of a signpost for both the urban folk and anti-folk scenes. The first track is an a cappella version, where the silences between the singer-songwriter's crisply articulated words are deafening. The last, meanwhile, actually features synthesizers and digital castanets. The similarly themed "Luka" is second in the rotation and was Vega's first bona fide (alt) hit.