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Album Review

Publicity for April describes this 40-minute CD as Jon Crosby's "acoustic project," which is misleading because April does, in fact, use some electric instruments. But while April doesn't sound truly "unplugged" or truly acoustic-oriented, it is accurate to say that April contains some of the most rootsy and organic-sounding production that VAST has had so far; April sounds electric, but not electronic or high-tech — and that is a definite departure from some of the industrial and electro-goth production that VAST has favored in the past. The more organic production on April seems to be Crosby's way of saying that, at the end of the day, VAST was always about songcraft more than production gloss or electro-beats. Of course, one could say the same thing about Nine Inch Nails, one of Crosby's main influences; Johnny Cash's willingness to cover Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" speaks volumes about Trent Reznor's songwriting ability, and Crosby doesn't value the art of songcraft any less than Reznor. Drawing on influences ranging from Nine Inch Nails to U2 to Sisters of Mercy, April contains some of Crosby's strongest writing. The Bono-isms on April are hard to miss, but while U2 is ultimately a hopeful, idealistic band (despite dealing with some dark subject matter at times), April is full of brooding, melancholy songs; the fact that Crosby favors a different production style on April doesn't mean that he has let go of goth rock's gloomy influence. And why should he? There is no law stating that music has to be cheerful to have artistic merit. In the past, some of VAST's albums have been described as uneven, but being consistent is not a problem for Crosby on the well-crafted April.

Customer Reviews

Not as good as Crosby's past work (Nude, Music for People) but...

I loved all of Vast's (Jon Crosby) music ever since I stumbled upon it through a friend of mine. His sense of style is so unique and lyrics more thought provoking than most artists i've come across, especially since he did his first album almost completely on his own. This "April" is a good addition to his work, but it doesn't present the same original sound he's had in the past, thought it's still really good and an emotional experience. He's a very talented musician and I will continue PURCHASING his work as long as he continues making it.

Major Disappointment but Still some very Strong Tracks

I've been a huge VAST fan since the Beach soundtrack when I first discovered the band and been to a bunch of their shows. So going on Jon Crosby's (lead singer) past body of work, April is a massive dissapointment. Crosby does mixing duties here, which he had only done on the track "lost" off of Nude (it's one of my favourite all time songs on a great album), so there was real promise. Unfortunately the songs suffer from two things: many sound the same (Crosby brilliantly incorporated diverse samples on his previous albums to avoid such a fate), and his songs lack catchy hooks. Now it's important to note that the first 5 songs are very good. Particularly Dedicate, Everything passes by and Sunday I'll be gone, which stand right with some of Crosby's better work. Still, if you're not a diehard, I'd recommend just getting tracks 1-5, and 10 (also good). If you like the Doors you might like I am a vampire, and Tattoo of your name you'll swear is a song you've already heard 10,000 times.


What the guy before me said was some what right, but to an extent. This album is stupendous except that i was expecting more of a Visual Audio Sensory Theater or Music For People like style that made me fall in love with VAST so much. I appreciate Jon Crosby experimenting with other styles, but he should stick with his original niche of having looped banshee cries (touched), dense brain-twitching bass lines (Pretty when you cry), echoing drum beats (Turquoise), and uplifting libetarian guitar shredding (free). Jon, i am your number one fan and i will always find your music great, regardless of what form of music you choose to do, but i highly recommend you go back to that year 1998-2004 like style. Also, more orchestral pieces will please the audience as well. Overall, i stll find this a pretty good album, but not VAST's best.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

VAST is comprised of one man and one man only: Jon Crosby. The songwriter grew up in Humboldt County, CA, and was profiled as a promising guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine at the age of 13. He was nearly signed to the guitar-based label Shrapnel, but he turned down the offer and focused on honing his songwriting chops instead. Crosby soon left high school to do home study, and he began assembling a band in order to perform some demos he recorded all by himself, under the name VAST. Although he...
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