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Music for People Enhanced

4.3 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 12 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B00004XPTI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,595 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Last One Alive
2. Free
3. I Don't Have Anything
4. The Gates Of Rock 'N' Roll
5. What Else Do I Need
6. Blue
7. Land Of Shame
8. A Better Place
9. Song Without A Name
10. We Will Meet Again
11. My TV And You
12. Lady Of Dreams

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Product Description

Japanese version featuring a bonus track: 'Free' (Black Version).


With his 1998 debut, Visual Audio Sensory Theater, Vast's Jon Crosby unveiled his dark musical vision and gave an insight to a childhood spent learning classical music, listening to U2 and the Cure, and watching MTV. On Vast's follow-up, Crosby's adds to his debut's components a masterful understanding of how to use his gifts. For the majority of Music for People, he delicately balances morbid melodies with tender orchestration. Trombone and ethereal strings lift the downtrodden "Blue," while joyous, overblown hooks elevate the sinister "The Last One Alive." Crosby's balancing act accentuates his love for pure rock drama. Unfortunately, this passion can also be his undoing; his operatic barking on "Song Without a Name" is too grandiose to be taken seriously. In the main, though, Crosby's smoldering vocals, cryptic words, classical leanings, and twisted blend of rock and electronica posit Vast as U2's heavy-rock cousins. --Dan Gennoe

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
I fell in love with Vast the moment I first heard the song, "Free." Its heavy guitars give it a fabulous mosh-worthy quality. It's strong and straightforward. It's angry and triumphant.
I soon discovered that there's more of Vast's music to love than just "Free." Music for People is a musical masterpiece - the perfect album for those days when you just feel like you need to scream (and that's pretty much every day, isn't it?). The album is full of emotion and energy - full of the questions that everyone asks at some point. The songs deal with doubt and despair, hopelessness and anger, and - through it all - victory.
Vast's music is entrancing and creative. You'll be captivated by the slow, haunting, "I Don't Have Anything," the poppier "Land of Shame" (which sounds almost Beatles-like - only much darker), and the beautifully symphonic "A Better Place."
Music for People is one of the best albums I've tripped over in a long time. Once I put it in my CD player, it didn't leave for months - and it still makes frequent returns.
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If you ever heard an album from VAST, you know exactally why they're/he's so great. It's like NIN, but then not at all. It's equally as beautiful as NIN's Fragile album, but less dark and more like chillout stuff. Monks are sampled much less here than on the debut, and the orchestra is more like what it was replaced for.
VAST's albums are so different, it's not even that easy to tell that both are the same. Either way, this one's pretty unique itself, as "Free" is the only thing that's any heavier than the debut, and "My TV and You" is the only real industrial song.
Chants appear everywhere on the debut, but this time, it's left to only two tracks: "What Else Do I Need?" and the excellent "A Song Without A Name". It isn't really gothic despite a high Cure influence and is more of a melodic album, doesn't sound so much like Sisters of Mercy.
However, I think that everyone should own it. This music deserves to be heading on the music charts, and I think that they rival Queens of the Stone Age at times, and that's saying something. Inspired stuff, I swear. I think that someday VAST's word-of-mouth name will get him high album sales, though it really hasn't mattered recently.
"Free" got me into this CD, as the album DID need a rocker. When I heard it on the radio, I loved the lyrics and I'd keep an interest with VAST.
Crosby is also very good on "The Gates of Rock 'N Roll", a song that has this interesting beat to it, and the bass lines sort of represent The The. The melody and guitars are what rock most.
Don't believe it's beautiful? Listen to "Lady of Dreams", the instrumental. I just love listening to that every day before I go to sleep. As well as the album, and I've just really been blown away by VAST... This is poetry, and music for people is an appropiate title if you've heard anyting by VAST before.
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By A Customer on Jan. 24 2003
Format: Audio CD
The sophmore release from VAST takes the listener on a fresh new musical journey that cannot be compared to the debut release. I find it very strange that people who praised the first album for being so 'different', 'haunting', 'beautiful', etc. Can actually complain about this album. They complain that Jon is going 'mainstream'. What? Bands who release the same album over and over again are the ones that are 'mainstream'. It was even incinuated that Crosby said he wanted to 'go mainstream'. Music is about eliciting emotions, creating atmosphere. He simply implied that this album was exploring different themes, emotions, atmospheres. However, that isn't even entirely true. The most ridiculous thing is that this, like the first album, has hardly sold at all. Which is another issue entirely. Anyways, I got off track there. It took me a couple of listens to get into this album. I got into the first release right away, but now, I listen to MFP more than V.A.S.T. I hope that Jon Crosby keeps making music that he feels passionately about because it really is for the benefit of the entire musical community. Who knows, maybe someday more people will catch on and then VAST really will go 'mainstream'. In the meantime, I'll keep enjoying what Jon and all other artists pour their souls into...their music.
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Format: Audio CD
MUSIC FOR PEOPLE is an absolutely wonderful follow-up to the richly textured debut. Jon Crosby still proves he is at the top of the rock genius lists, and his haunting and catchy melodies blend with the ambience of orchestral flourishes, which have less a dominance on this album...yet, still they can be found.
Take "Blue" for instance. This track is beautiful with it's charging guitars yet haunting orchestration, and is one of the standouts on the album. "Free" is a hard-edged rocker that illustrates the strength of freedom and the need for it; "I Don't Have Anything" might be the most beautiful love song with it's haunting melody and aching lyrics; "Land of Shame" is a jangly and catchy Beatle-esque rocker. It's one of the albums most upbeat moments. Other standouts include the breathtaking rocker "The Gates of Rock 'N' Roll", the lavish and atmospheric opening track "The Last One Alive", and the delicate yet balanced "What Else Do I Need?".
Now, you have read this review and all the other reviews. There is not another thing I could say about this album, except you should not be sitting and reading this review. You must pick up this album and get caught in it's music...and of course, it's definitely for people! Highly recommended and easily one of the top releases of 2000.
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