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Artist:

Vast

Album:

Nude

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: InsideOut
Genre: [Alternative Post Rock]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 7.5
Production: 8.5


I have to admit this is the first Vast album I have ever heard (I haven't heard the 2 previous albums). Vast is actually a one-man band, more specifically John Crosby's brainchild. His previous albums have attained praise from both the press and fans. Even Metallica's Lars Ulrich praised 'Visual Audio Sensory Theater' as "one of the best debut albums" he has listened to in a long, long time.

John Crosby's songs are heavily influenced by his own life. "All my records are personal, after all I can only sing about things which refer to myself", he once said. Crosby also admits that the lavishness, passion and the darkness of gothic bands have always inspired him. However, Vast's music has no traces of gothic rock (except the passion).

There are lots of different influences on Nude, everything from ambient post rock to some ethnic sounds can be heard. The quality of songs varies, as there are some quite good songs as well as songs that are below average. By the way, there are 2 different versions of this album. The promotional copy I have, contains 12 tracks (just like the US version). However, the European version contains 14 tracks.

The production has been done quite well on this album. Sounds are apposite and the mix complements the atmosphere well. However, distortion occurred a few times (for example, on 3rd track).

As the title suggests, John Crosby reveals himself through his music. The innocent and pure alternative rock compositions are worth giving a try at, so be sure to check out the samples at InsideOut's website. I recommend this album to fans of alternative post rock.

Release date: 25.10.2004

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- MAGE (23.10.2004)



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LINE-UP:
Crosby, John: Guitars, Drums, Keyboards & Vocals
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Crosby, John
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Vast - Nude  CD  Cover Image
01. Turquoise
02. Thrown Away
03. Don't Take Your Love Away
04. Be With Me
05. Lost
06. Winter in My Heart
07. I Need to Say Goodbye
08. Japanese Fantasy
09. Ecstacy
10. Candle
11. I Can't Say No (to You)
12. Desert Garden
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