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Album Review

VAST's Jon Crosby is mysteriously alluring — the dark's scene artistic poet. And on his sophomore release Music for People, he molds his one man show of elaborate classical orchestration and shadowy industrial layers into another enigmatic piece of cathartic wizardry. Music for People is haunting and vividly edged with heavy metal elements and Crosby's somber vocals. It's cutting with Crosby's use of the Bulgarian Voices, his signature chanting backdrops made famous on his debut Visual Auditory Sensory Theater. "What Else Do I Need" and "Song Without a Name" showcase the dismal impressionistic view in which Crosby has aimed to create: harmonies so lushly sculptured into a new metal sound. It's not raging, yet it's angst-ridden with bittersweet tongues of love and deception. "The One Alive" is reminiscent of goth-rock's Sisters of Mercy, brooding along to the band's 1985 cut "Marian." "Lady of Dreams" and Free" illustrate Crosby's therapeutic nature. He's oddly similar to Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, for his material appears to be an outlet for his mind's distractions and frustrations. But his compositions do not solely reflect him. Music for People is bizarre and beautiful in capturing social apathy.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic Album from a not-well known artist

Jon Crosby (VAST lead man) is one of the best singer/song writers of our time, and unfortunately not many people know who he is. If you like thoughtful, melodic rock music with a little edge, you are going to love this guy. He's got a bunch of different albums from the past 10 years, all of them are significantly different from eachother. Music For People is in the middle, somewhere between his soft acoustic side and his hard industrial side.

Jon Crosby is pure genius!!!

I'm really glad one of my friends introduced me to JC's music! He's just awesome. I loooove all of his songs. Rock, acoustic, it doesn't matter, he's very talented! 💘 thanks Mr Crosby!

V.A.S.T. is VERY MUCH! :)

Worth buying in This
Day in Age of 'Thievery'.
If You Appreciate what is Worthy, Then Definitely CHK-OUT 'This Album as well as The First album 'Self-Titled'
'Visual Audio Sensory Theater'.


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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