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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Officially, Nude is VAST's first release in over four years, and his first for the new Carson Daly-affiliated imprint 456. But longtime fans will recognize its tracks as fleshed-out versions of tracks previously issued as Internet-only demos by VAST main brain Jon Crosby. Whereas 2000's Music for People more directly blended Crosby's progressive flourishes with a strident pop voice akin to P.I.L.'s later incarnations, Nude largely retools VAST's self-titled 1998 debut for the new century. Adorned with moody, classicist frescoes and rife with spiritual lyrical imagery, the album echoes with worldly orchestrations and a grave demeanor even as it courts melodic post-grunge ...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Officially, Nude is VAST's first release in over four years, and his first for the new Carson Daly-affiliated imprint 456. But longtime fans will recognize its tracks as fleshed-out versions of tracks previously issued as Internet-only demos by VAST main brain Jon Crosby. Whereas 2000's Music for People more directly blended Crosby's progressive flourishes with a strident pop voice akin to P.I.L.'s later incarnations, Nude largely retools VAST's self-titled 1998 debut for the new century. Adorned with moody, classicist frescoes and rife with spiritual lyrical imagery, the album echoes with worldly orchestrations and a grave demeanor even as it courts melodic post-grunge rock. It's a bold mix but one that's also problematic. Crosby is a talented producer and arranger, so his faraway vocal choirs and manipulated sound effects have the ability to evoke the unsettling tension that once tinged Coil's dark electronic experiments. Unfortunately, those atmospherics deflate in the face of guitar-heavy modern rock appliqu├ęs "Japanese Fantasy," "I Need to Say Goodbye" or stilted Stain-style soul-searching "Be With Me". It becomes a forced hybrid, unable to retain its Dead Can Dance-style austerity amid the broader signature of modern rock. This means songs like "Turquoise" and "Thrown Away" are some of Nude's stronger moments since both rumble with throaty rock pacing but are still tinged with enough bizarre electronic squiggles or processed vocal exotica to be unique. Crosby has never sounded more like Bono than in the lush landscape of "Lost" or over the plaintive piano and treated guitars of "Candle," and the late-album standout "I Can't Say No To You" is a respectable run at sensual downtempo electronica. VAST aficionados should certainly enjoy Nude, educated as they are about Crosby's highly stylized approach. But the casual listener might be unsure what to make of the album's baroque, high-concept cocktail.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: 456 Entertainment
  • UPC: 829994002124
  • Catalog Number: 21

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Turquoise (3:20)
  2. 2 Thrown Away (4:00)
  3. 3 Don't Take Your Love Away (4:56)
  4. 4 Be With Me (3:53)
  5. 5 Lost (4:01)
  6. 6 Winter in My Heart (3:36)
  7. 7 I Need to Say Goodbye (3:22)
  8. 8 Japanese Fantasy (3:01)
  9. 9 Ecstacy (3:34)
  10. 10 Candle (3:28)
  11. 11 I Can't Say No (To You) (4:19)
  12. 12 Desert Garden (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
VAST Primary Artist
Charlie Benante Drums
Suzie Katayama Conductor
Dan Myers Alto Saxophone
Norm Block Drums
Jon Crosby Bass
Patrick McGuire Background Vocals
Thomas Froggatt Bass
Technical Credits
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Eddie Wohl Engineer
Steve Regina Engineer
Suzie Katayama Arranger
Josh Turner Programming, Producer
Stephen Murray Artwork
Jon Crosby Composer, Producer, Contributor, Score
Rob Caggiano Engineer
Jon Goldstein Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get this album now!

    I am a huge VAST fan. I fell in love with the first CD back during my college radio days. I was really taken aback when I saw a live performance back in 1998. (I actually did get to meet Jon several times after that.) I was hooked from then on. This third album, 6 years after that live performance, is fantastic. Nude harkens back to VAST's early days, when their sound was darker, more gothic in nature, more alluring and mysterious. (Even though their second album was good also, it was also very mainstream sounding, hence why this album was released on another label.) This album attempts the difficult task of recapturing that sound and making it unique and new. I think that is accomplished. My favorite tracks are "Thrown Away" and "I Can't Say No to You." I think fans of Beck, Nine Inch Nails, and other eclectic rock groups will greatly enjoy this album. I have listened to it approximately 40 times since my purchase, and continue to listen to it willingly.

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