Like Suzanne's perfect début, her second album is constructed from story songs that together resemble a kind of musical book. She's added more instrumentation this time, making it sound less naked. I prefer the naked Vega (don't apply that to your filthy world view), so I find Solitude Standing less interesting. Her ability to draw the listener in with her voice hasn't changed, it's just not as immediate as before. It's the album that gave us Tom's Diner, but it's not the version that you may know from the charts, it's a capella.