Music For People CD (2000)

Artist: Vast

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Product Overview


Label Wea/elektra Entertainment
SKU 60434643
UPC 075596251129
UPC 14 00075596251129
Format CD
Release Date 9/12/2000
Author Vast
Associated Artist/Work Saint Etienne
Associated Artist/Work Vast
Technical Info
Producer Michael Tuller; Jon Crosby; Blumpy
CatalogID 62511
Lable Name Elektra (Label)
Released 09/12/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 42m : 58s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075596251129
Album Notes and Credits
VAST: Jon Crosby (vocals, guitar, hammered dulcimer, flute, trombone, harpsichord, organ); Rowan Robertson (electric guitar); David Baerwald (lap steel guitar); Thomas Froggatt (bass); Steve Clark (drums); Blumpy (programming); John Staples (background vocals).
Additional personnel: The New Bombay Recording Orchestra.
Engineers include: Blumpy, Rail Rogut, Rich Mouser.
Recorded at Palindrome, Venice, California; Mat Hatter, Sunset Sound, The Hook North and Oceanway, Hollywood, California; Western Outdoor Mumbai, India.
Personnel: Michael Tuller, Jon Crosby, Blumpy (guitar, programming); Rowan Robertson (guitar); David Baerwald (lap steel guitar); J.D. Staples (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Bottrill; Alan Moulder.
Recording information: Mad Hatter Hollywood, CA; Oceanway, Hollywood, CA; Palindrome Venice, CA; Sunset Sound Hollywood, CA; Western Ourdoor Mumbai, India.
Photographers: Country Joe McDonald; Jason Todd; Marina Chavez.
MUSIC FOR PEOPLE is a watery-sounding but oddly effective mix of post-industrial noise recalling Trent Reznor, Eno-esque ambient music, and psychedelic pop of both '60s and late '80s shoe-gazer varieties.
Head Vast honcho Jon Crosby is an impressive guitarist. As a singer he essentially has two vocal styles; depending on the song, it's either the sort of operatic lack of affect that has served as a signifier for artsy angst since David Bowie in his experimental days, or simply full bore Bono circa "Where the Streets Have No Name." The standout track here is "Land of Shame," which starts out as a sort of homage to "Sunny Afternoon" period Kinks, before Crosby cranks up the distorted guitars and processed robotic vocals.
Professional Reviews
Q (11/00, p.117) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A mighty step towards esatblishing Jon Crosby as a genuine Goth King contender. he has goth's grnaduer but he can sing properly....They have an innate understanding of how to construct giant pop..."
Melody Maker (9/19/00, p.51) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...For people who love the idea of Marilyn Manson, but wish he'd write the odd tune or two....there's a brilliantly overblown, stadium-vibrating pomposity that saves them..."
NME (Magazine) (10/28/00, p.41) - 7 out of 10 - "...Strong, well-crafted tunes which never slip their moorings....Crosby's commercial instincts, and love for classic early '80s goth-rock should carry him to the beaches of acclaim and success..."
Disc 1
1 Last One Alive/Angelite, The
2 Free/Zulu
3 I Don't Have Anything
4 Gates Of Rock 'N' Roll, The
5 What Else Do I Need/Epithalamica Excerpts
6 Blue
7 Land Of Shame
8 Better Place, A
9 Song Without a Name/Virgines Caste Excerpts
10 We Will Meet Again
11 My TV And You
12 Lady Of Dreams
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