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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: #88,354 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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Japanese version featuring a bonus track: 'Free' (Black Version).

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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

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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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I can understand how some people can be disappointed with this album but it certainly doesn't deserve any bad reviews. I myself wasn't thrilled with the utter change in Music For People but I also wasn't pulling my hair out in tears. To be terribly disgruntled would be an exaggeration but when I first heard Music For People I remember detesting it almost as much as I had their first release, just because it was so completely different. Orchestration was present on Visual Audio Sensory Theater but it was never in the forefront like it is here. The first album consisted mostly of sinister goth rock with deep profound lyrics (most of which were questioning Gods existance) with gregorian monk singing to give a slight Enigma feel. My views on their first album, however, have desperately altered since I first bought it back in 98, ranking up there now with my ten favorite albums. The whole gregorian influence is still present in songs such as "What Else Do I Do" and "Song Without A Name" but they are less apparent as they bleed into the background to the point of nonexistence. In many aspects this album is more rock oriented with tunes that could have easily been sung by artists such as Queen and Pink Floyde (namely on "Land Of Shame" and "The Gates Of Rock 'N' Roll"). Jon Crosby's gorgeous male vocals (which sometimes remind me of frontman David Gahan of Depeche Mode) really shine on slower ballads "I Don't Have Anything", "We Will Meet Again" and "Blue" which swims with flowing strings. The darkly lavished "Lady Of Dreams", however, closes this album with the same atmosphere that his first album carried, only with a purer more instrumental awakening.
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I think we are in agreement on a few things: 1. The songs are not lengthy. Almost everyone would like songs to be longer, aside from Blur's "Song 2" which was appropriately short. 2. The CD is not as brash or hard as the 1st.
However,look at it this way: 1. Don't take each song as an individual. They seem to work together, almost telling a mood changing story, from the highs of "Free", which rocks, and the lows of "Blue", which is the most BEAUTIFUL song I have heard. 2. If you wanted "Music for the People" to sound exactly like the first CD, then why buy this one? You should have bought "Visual Audio Sensory Theater" again. This CD should stand on it's own.
And to anyone saying VAST is trying to go mainstream with this release and are trying to be "radio friendly", COME ON! On the first release there were 3 or 4 songs that were "radio friendly", except the morons that listen to the radio for music, wouldn't get it.
In conclusion, this CD stands alone as a wonderful and beautiful piece of work!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks guys for giving me hope that there are groups out there that actually care about music.
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By A Customer on Sept. 13 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard Music for People I thought, "This doesn't sound much like the old VAST", and I was dissappointed. But after I gave it a few more listens it grew on me and I realized that Jon Crosby (the mastermind of the band) was just taking a different turn in his music carrer. One reveiwer slammed this cd saying "The songs were more radiofriendly and less gothic". I agree with the reviewer but I do not consider it a bad thing. If you notice that only one song from "Visual Audio Sensory Theater" (Touched) was ever played on the radio, and not many people knew about Vast. But now, with more radiofriendly songs Vast is getting A LOT more airplay then they were let's say 2 months ago. More people know about Vast, and think that they are great.
Jon Crosby's songwriting is outstanding and moving as ussual. Songs like "Free", "I don't have Anything" and "We will meet again" can really move you and cause you to feel for the song. At least that is the case for me. "Free" makes me want to get up and dance, wants me to shake my fists and sing along. "I don't have aNything" makes me want to sit and cry. "We will meet again" is so passionate and it makes me very mello. The way it flows is so beautiful.
Jon Crosby's voice is amazing and so different from other singers. That's one of the things that I like best about Vast, his voice can show so much hurt, it can show pain, it can show anger, frustration. Many singers don't have that gift.
There's one thing though that I do have to complain about. Many of the songs are short than I would have thought them to be.
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