456 ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE:
FEBRUARY 24, 2004 REVIEW: MARCH
24 , 2004
Emotion. This album is filled to the
brim with it. The lyrics, the voice,
the music – everything moves
me like few albums do. It makes me
all fuzzy, and I am completely hooked.
Jon Crosby – the man behind
VAST – is a wonder all by himself,
as he plays most of the instruments
on the album, together with bass player
Thomas Froggatt and some other guests.
Jon's a musical genius in my book,
and this third album by VAST proves
it, being at least as good as the
first two. He left the major label
Elektra to do the things he wanted
to do, and the result is this.
I got goose bumps the first time I
heard “Thrown Away”, with
its magnificent guitar riff, driving
rhythm and devastating chorus. Melodic
and intelligent rock without compromises.
Other hard-to-pick favourites are
The Cure-esque “Candle”,
the pleading “Don’t Take
Your Love Away” and the upbeat
and groovy “Be With Me”.
“Nude” manages to be a
captivating album throughout, even
though it gets a bit slow and meandering
towards the end. It moves from excruciatingly
beautiful string laden numbers to
more experimental ones, and really
shows off Jon’s versatility.
This is not easily labeled as alternative
rock. This is so much more.