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.