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Review: "Lil Suzy - The Greatest Hits"
January 24, 2002
“Lil Suzy: The Greatest Hits” is Suzanne Casale's 6th album since her debut in 1992 with the release of her freestyle dance classic "Take me in your arms". That song, among many other classic tracks, appears on this collection which signifies her 10 year anniversary in the record business. The songs span a decade of classics and show us how far Lil Suzy (now Suzanne Casale) has grown as an artist. This journey down freestyle memory lane comes with an added bonus. Most of the 15 classic tracks have been re-recorded and remixed making Suzy sound better than ever while not losing the feel of the originals. Also included are 3 bonus brand new tracks which prove even further how much Suzy has grown as an artist.
The collection begins with none other than a new improved version of "Take me in your arms" making it sound better than ever. The next song is a new version of "Promise Me" which leaves us to guess that Suzanne must have decided she wanted to add her new vocal range to many of these early hits. She is extremely successful in making them all sound terrific. Early classics like "Sweet September Love" and "Love Can't Wait" sound awesome with Suzanne's "all grown up" voice.
Along with the vocal re-recordings, the new music itself adds new zest to already great songs."When I Fall in Love" and "Real Love" and "Everytime I Dream" stand out more than ever with new instrumentals added to the mix. Some hits such as "Can't Get you out of my mind" and "Memories" sound as if they were left "as is"(....why mess with perfection). The ballad "Paradise" offers a great quitar break that wasn't in the original while "I Still Love You" makes a more "pop" appearance. From "Just can't get over you" to "Now and Forever" to "Turn the beat around" and "You're the only one", Suzanne provides us with a new feel towards these long lasting classics. Her vocals and the music have never sounded better.
With her brand new tracks, "Sweet Lies", "So Lonely" and "Back in your arms", Suzanne is ready to make us dance again. These 3 songs are destined to become instant hits and classics in their own right. They are incredibly catchy with great choruses, melodies and freestyle/dance rhythms. Her voice and her lyrics (which she co wrote) have grown in a very positive form. Her long time fans and Freestyle music lovers will definitely not be disappointed.
Lil Suzy has released her greatest hits but Suzanne Casale is just beginning. Keep up the great work Suzanne!
Freddy & John
Lil Suzy's Paradise webmasters
LSP: What CD’s by other artists have you currently bought or have been listening to recently?
Lil Suzy: Craig David, Nikelback, Rich Luzzi, Linkin Park, DJ Encore, J.Lo, Ashanti, Marc Anthony.
LSP: Would you ever consider acting? If so, what type of movie would you consider doing?
Lil Suzy: I’d consider it. I’m not comfortable speaking. Hahaha. It’s weird. I’d do a horror flick. I wanna play a vampire so bad…if I had the chance.
LSP: Is it difficult running a business and performing on the road? How do you handle that?
Lil Suzy: I hate it. Too much for my lil head. I need to concentrate on one thing and that’s how it is right now.
LSP: Many male fans would like to know, are you currently dating anyone special?
Lil Suzy: I’ve had a boyfriend for almost seven years! We broke up for a few months while I did the Greatest Hits album. Hence, my inspiration to write those three new songs. He was good for something during our time apart. Hahaha. We lost our way for a bit but true love never dies and will always bring you together… if it’s meant to be.
LSP: What do you do to unwind in your spare time?
Lil Suzy: I love going to movies. I’ve just seen Halloween, Austin Powers and Signs. I love going out and having a few cosmos with the girls and of course spending time with my my boyfriend Marc.
LSP: What are your goals for the next couple of years?
Lil Suzy: Some more albums. Hopefully a top ten single. Marriage, babies. Ahhhh! So much to do do! Hahaha.
LSP: What one thing would you like your fans to know that no one knows?
Lil Suzy: That’s hard. Not many people know about all my tattoos. I have five now and the one on my hip, no one sees. It’s usually covered. It’s a black and turquoise Onk. The egyptian symbol for royalty and eternal life. I have one on my ankle too! My most recent is the fairy on the side of my right ankle.
LSP: What is the craziest of funniest thing a fan has ever said or done to you?
Lil Suzy: I had a female impersonator impersonate me… and “Are your boobs real?” They are. Hahaha.
LSP: Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer these nosey questions Hahaha! Keep up the great work and the great music! What last thing would you like to say to your fans?
Lil Suzy: Thank you soooo much. I don’t know what else to say that doesn’t sound like what everyone says to their fans. Just that they help me live my dream. I’ve seen and done so much because of them and I appreciate them. You especially, Freddy and John…I’m honored by this site and your dedication to keeping it beautiful and current.
I wanna give a shout!! Hahaha…To my cousin Josephine who’s been hookin’ up my hair for shows and dealing with me changing the color every week! My sexy poodle Bowie! He’s eight now and he’s the best baby in the world. I love my doggie so much. He’s the one who knows ALL the dirt on me and he’ll never tell! Hahaha. I’m a bit nutty when it comes to him. Too bad he’s so huge or I would take him to venues with me. Hahaha.
Lil Suzy's Paradise 2002
LSP: Hi Suzanne, thanks for taking time out from your schedule for another interview. To begin, many fans want to know if will you be releasing an album in 2004?
Lil Suzy: Well guys, I’m working on a great project with two other artists. I can't tell you anymore till its done. Hee,hee,hee. It's a surprise!
LSP: If an album will be released in 2004 or in the future, what can your fans expect from it?
Lil Suzy: I will always incorporate freestyle on my albums. I love dance music and that to me is freestyle, Euro, House and all that other good stuff.
LSP: On your Greatest Hits album you co-wrote the three newer songs (Sweet Lies, So Lonely and Back in Your Arms) which were great, are you writing or co-writing any of your new material?
Lil Suzy: Yes, I will be co-writing more material. I just did one with Adam Marano that is untitled as of now. I like writing. I didn't think I was ever really good, but Adam helps me and he understands my ideas and he knows what I'm trying to express.
LSP: You have a big following with freestyle music fans, do you think they would stick by you if you ever chose to broaden your scope and chose to conquer another type of music genre? (For example, Pop, R and B) Well, we can answer this one for you…if they were true fans they would stick by you!
Lil Suzy: Hey, who knows? Pink did it well. I’m going to do what ever feels right and where you lose some, you gain others.
LSP: If you had the chance to re-record other freestyle songs that were originally sung by other freestyle artists, what songs would they be and why?
Lil Suzy: At this point in time, I wouldn't re-record any freestyle songs. Let's just leave that alone.
LSP: If you had the chance to re-record non-freestyle songs that were originally sung by non-freestyle artists, what songs would they be and why?
Lil Suzy: I cant tell you guys that! Someone might get to it before me! Hahaha. I prefer to sing original material but there are a couple I'd love to do.
LSP: Of all your songs, which is your most personal and why?
Lil Suzy: "So Lonely"… I wrote that when Marc and I were on a short break. I was not a happy camper at that time but at least I got a nice song out of it.
LSP: Being that it’s a New Year, did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If so, have you stuck by them?
Lil Suzy: No resolutions here! I’m not that kinda girl. I cant be held to something that I’m not ready to do. When I’m ready to make a change it just happens and that’s how I know its right.
LSP: What was the highlight of 2003 for you?…Why are we even asking?!…It had to be getting engaged, right?
Lil Suzy: Of course! That had to be one of the most exciting days of my life. It was a complete surprise! We always talked about getting married and we knew we were gonna be together forever but when he put that rock on my finger, it made it reality. Oh, we set the date! It’s October 1st, 2005! WOO HOO! Church on Staten Island and reception on Long Island...and now the planning begins.
LSP: Based on your experiences as a child singer, would you recommend becoming a singer at such an early age to a child who wants to sing?
Lil Suzy: Only if your parents are there to support you and travel with you. My parents didn't trust anyone and traveled with me till I was like nineteen. I asked them to lay off Hahaha. I’ve been with my road manager Latif since I was five and he always traveled with me and my parents so it was a lil easier for mom and dad to let go knowing he was watching over me. I'll be twenty-five soon and I still call my parents before I get on the plane and when I land. Then I call them when I’m done with my show. I’m very close with my parents and I don’t mind checking in.
LSP: Speaking of being a child singer, could you give us some feedback on how it was to perform on Star Search back when you were a little girl?
Lil Suzy: It was great! It was a great experience and I feel lucky that I was chosen to be on the show. I don’t like competition so I wasn’t so mortified or discouraged when I lost. I like to do my own thing. I don’t like to feel pressured and I don’t like being compared to anyone. I don’t compare myself to anyone and I never did. I’m me and I worry about Suzanne and how Suzanne feels in this business. I’m carefree and I take what life gives me and try to make the best of it.
LSP: If you weren’t “Lil Suzy” and you weren’t a singer/performer, what career path do you think you would have taken? (Other than music)
Lil Suzy: Well, I’m actually in school now to become a medical assistant. I like to be occupied and unfortunately singing is a weekend thing. Besides, I don’t think I’m gonna wanna be shaking my booty on stage when I’m older with like four kids. I’m a people person and I think I can make people feel safe and confident when I’m drawing their blood, giving shots and doing EKG's Hahaha. Maybe I’ll go on to become a nurse. I love to learn. I was thinking, I can sing to my patients and do their nails too...Hahaha Oh God! I love animals too. I'd be a vet but I’m allergic to most furry animals. Bowie doesn't shed so I can handle him. There are a few breeds like him. I always donate to the Bide-a-wee foundation for homeless animals. Marc and I want to have lots of hypoallergenic puppies…Hahaha. He’s an animal lover too!
LSP: In your entire music career, is there anything that you have ever regretted or anything that you would have done differently?
Lil Suzy: The cover of my greatest hits...Ugh! I approved the picture but not all the damned airbrushing! I cried! Not my best pic. They changed the shape of my face! It looks like a pie. My eyes are smaller along with my nose and my lips are all pouty. Other than that, I have no regrets. Everything happens for a reason and I have a great life and a nice lil career.
LSP: We know from your last interview with us, that you had once auditioned for the Broadway show “Rent”… Have you any plans to audition for another show?
Lil Suzy: Nope. Its not my bag baby.
LSP: With the popularity of the recent wave of reality TV shows, would you ever consider trying to get on one? Maybe, “A Wedding Story” on the cable channel TLC? That would be great for you and Marc!
Lil Suzy: I probably would if I were asked. It’s not something I would go and look for though. Wedding story! I love it! Marc is sooo shy. He'd kill me. I think he'd melt in front of a camera. He turns bright red! The wedding should be interesting. He’s not into crowds and he’s not used to people staring at him. I do it for a living so I’m used to it. I'm hoping he wont faint at the altar!
Love it!! As always, Suzanne delivers!!
Freddy and John - LSP webmasters, New York (source: la-entertainment messageboard)
This is a great addition to Lil Suzy!!! Her newest recent single!! Great usage of vocals! She's been singing huge hits since the age of 12 and she's still going strong! I luv this song and Lil Suzy! She has a bright future also because of the fact that she is still young! Well all in all, this song warms my heart juts to know that she is still driving forward with her bright career. I hope she will release many more singles as the years go on, as they did back in the day when "Tale me In Your Arms" was the freestyle dance hit of all time! I hope you all agree!
Eli Hernandez (source: itunes)
Still young and explosive. You are a burst of fresh air. Love your new single. Keep on making that fire mama.
Unique Entertainment (source: myspace)
Love, Love, Love Dance Tonight!! As Usual!! Keep doin what u do Mami!!! Can't wait for you to come back to the Detroit area!!! Much luv!!!
Stacey, Detroit, MI (source: myspace)
Amazing! Lil Suzy has done it again! She never fails to make you wanna dance! This is a GREAT track for the summer! Highly recommended to everyone who loves Dance music! If you feel like dancing you have to buy this song!
Johnjohntee, Yonkers, NY (source: itunes)
Hello...hello! How are you? I hope all is well. I did purchase your song "Dance Tonight" on itunes. You did a great job! Keep up the great work! Freestyle Forever!
Always & Forever (source: myspace)
I got it! Sounds Great! Love your Music!
John August "Weekends" on 101.9 The Wolf (source: myspace)
Awesome!! I have been a fan since her first single and with every album or single she releases, she never disappoints and gets better and better!! Believe me, you'll be happy to buy this track! I can't get enough of listening to this song! I got the priviledge to hear it back in March and I loved what I heard and I love it even more now!! Dance fans will not be disappointed! Lil Suzy Rocks!
Freddyjunior, Yonkers, NY (source: itunes)
I so love the new song. Keep doing what you do because you do it well!
Meli D (source: myspace)
I like your new song. It's hot!!!
Julie V (source: myspace)
I bought it and I love it!!!!!!!!Anything you do is amazing!!!! There is not even one song of yours that I dont like.. I like them allll!!!
Kelly Nahra, Michigan (source: myspace)
I really love your new single, and congrats on being a mom again. Hope everything goes well with you. You are a talented and lovely singer. Keep up the great work.
Erin (source: myspace)
Luv the new song!!! It's a hit!!
Mizzz Villa (source: myspace)
I just got dance tonight. I played it more then 10 times. It has a good beat to it. love the words. 1-10, I give it a 100.
Maricely Sanabria (source: myspace)
Love your new single, I can definitely hear that being played in the clubs.
Yudi Delgado (source: myspace)
I'm feeling your new song! That's hot! Keep freestyle alive!
buttarican8, Bronx, New York (source: myspace)
I love your new song!!! There's nothing better than some Lil Suzy!
Nichole, Michigan (source: myspace)
I love it! Thanks!!!
Jeanette Burgos (source: facebook)
I got it and I love it!
Noel Plaza (source: facebook)
Your new song is too cute! Loving it!
PHreestyleGurl, Texas (source: myspace)
I'm lovin' ya new song! U rock! Keep up the good music! Love ya!
Annmarie Ramos, New Jersey (source: myspace)
Just bought it! Was bumping it on my way home!
Ruben Santos (source: facebook)
Holaaaaa!! I have it!! Me encanta tu nuevo tema, Suzy!! Besos desde España!!
Alexis, Barcelona, Spain (source: myspace)
Definitely a Great Track!!
Carlos "DJ Eskimo" Perez (source: facebook)
I own all of Lil Suzy's cd's and am very familiarized with her music. This song has freestyle roots and it's very catchy. She's such a fabulous singer. Without a doubt this is one of her best songs.
Cielo, Chicago, IL (source: amazon)
It's mine! The song is wonderful! I've had it on repeat all morning!
Christoffer (source: myspace)
I love the song! I just bought mine today! It's ten times better on full blast!! I love it! I been telling everyone about it!! Best of luck!!
The Liberation Baby (source: myspace)
I finally have your new song DANCE TONIGHT from itunes! Man, I'm loving it!! I hear it every single day! Oh and I have it as my profile song, well it's the sample from your page. I'M LOVING IT!!!
Ivan Salgado (source: myspace)
Just downloaded "Dance Tonight" I love it. When are you coming to perform in Miami? We had the Freestyle Extravaganza here last weekend and you weren't there
Sergcanes (source: youtube)
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