If your allready a Vast fan that you’ll find this album to be just “OK” in comparison to some of the early Vast material. If your new to Vast and have no idea what Vast sounds like than like most people who first discover Vast you will be taken by the talent and unusual emotional and often dark presentation that Vast is. On this album, Vast combines some indie with some country and the traditional dark alternative trademark rock style that Vast is known for. At times heartbroken and other times angry Vast (Jon Crosby the creator/songwriter who essentially is Vast) writes lovesongs for people who have been through the ups and downs of romantic turbulence. Another good album indeed, but not as amazing as previous albums such as “Music For People” and the essential Vast album “Visual Audio Sensory Theatere”.
2009 release, the sixth studio album from this critically acclaimed outfit led by Jon Crosby. Me & You continues the Vast tradition of deep songwriting and innovative production featuring moving vocals and lush strings.
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I’ve been a VAST fan since the first album in 1998. I loved that big powerful sound. Then, as Music for the people and Nude came out, even though I liked those albums as well, to me, VAST was not getting any better. Forward to Me and You, and VASTs new album is suddenly my favorite album of the year (and I buy about 200 CD per year). As I’m 11 years older now than when the original album came out, I can appreciate this album being on the mellow side. There aren’t any distorted guitars on this album which makes it feel largely acoustic (but with drums). But it’s still great to play loud.
If you like beautiful and melancholic songs, this CD is for you. The songs are simply amazing. Highly recommended.
Thanks to the other reviewers, I realized that I’ve missed the last two albums, Turquoise & Crimson and April. They are on order now. Listening to the clips from April, it sounds like it’s about the same style as this one.
…where is the rock? I love VAST. I think Crosby is an intuitive and fantastic songwriter. But quite frankly, we are due for some more heavy VAST. It’s what got me hooked in the first place. Songs like “Here”, “Touched”, “I’m Dying”, “Free”, “Turquoise”, “Thrown Away”, etc….
Me and You is a fine album in and of itself. But I was fairly disappointed to hear nothing but slow, serene songs…again (see: April).
I have to respectfully disagree with most of the raters. While it’s true that Crosby has seen some harder rocking days, he has always had a level of maturity and introspection in his writing that is rarely heard in heavy, guitar based music.
I’ve listened to VAST since the beginning, and each album shows a natural progression of growth from an artist who not only writes exquisitely, but is not afraid to experiment. And while I like Crosby’s penchant for dark lyrics, this album has some of his most uplifting lyrics to date – and they’re a welcome balance.
Great artists never wallow in thier past, no matter how successful or brilliant it was. Imagine if Bowie was still singing only Space Oddity.
This is another stunning piece of work from a criminally underated artist.
While there are some great songs on this album, which should be in any VAST fan’s collection, they are all contained in the Generica I-V releases and the Generica double CD. I, along with many other fans are disappointed for two reasons. First, is this release directly contradicts an earlier statement by Jon Crosby (VAST founder/songwriter/sometimes only member):
“I’m a wandering minstrel. These downloads and recordings will be compiled with my pseudo photo-journalistic ruminations on touring in 2008. If I don’t die it will all come together to form some kind of art piece in 2008-2009. These songs will not show up on any VAST albums so I am releasing it as Jon Crosby.”
And secondly because while these songs are (apparently) from new masters, they aren’t substantially re-interpreted for this release.
I would recommend this album for any VAST fan who doesn’t already have the Generica material.