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Highly Evolved

The Vines

2002

Highly Evolved
Album Summary

Highly Evolved is the debut studio album by Australian alternative rock band The Vines. It was released on 14 July 2002 on Capitol Records. Produced by Rob Schnapf, known for his collaboration with Tom Rothrock on Elliott Smith's albums Either/Or, XO, and Figure 8, Highly Evolved was an immensely popular debut, part of a trend towards garage rock revival bands known as much for the relentless hype from the UK music press as for their music; The Vines were frequently compared to Nirvana. The debut single, "Highly Evolved", was chosen as Single of the Week by influential British music magazine NME. The magazine also voted it the 2nd best album of the year in 2002. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Sun May 28 2023
3

Not bad, but the British press might have gotten just a wee tiny bit ahead of themselves when they hailed the Vines as 'the second coming of Nirvana'.

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Mon Jun 05 2023
3

Garage rock for Britpop fans. 5/10

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Wed May 24 2023
4

A proper year 9 staple this! Surprised it made the list but glad it did, must be about 20 years since I heard this. Doesnt quite sound as dated as I expected, and it’s easy to forget how decent the early 00s were for garage rock! Couple of tracks tht passed by without notice which detracts a little, but a nostalgic gem nonetheless

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Thu Jun 29 2023
2

An absolutely nothing special alt rock/ light punk record

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Wed May 24 2023
5

Great album, somehow I have about 3/4 of this in my library but enjoyed the whole thing. Get free in particular is timeless, amazing riff, sounds huge, always puts me in a good mood. Love this sort of garage rock and even though as the Vines' careers shows it does get a bit samey, one album's worth is spot on.

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Mon Jun 12 2023
5

This was a strong contender for a 5 from the first track and it was solidified as a 5 for me as soon as I heard get free, song I’ve always heard but never really knew where it came from. I love early 2000s alternative rock like this and this was 50 pure minutes of it with 90s grunge influences galore (I don’t think this is “the second coming of nirvana” but it’s definitely heavily inspired by them). Another favorite of mine was outtathaway.

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Thu Jun 22 2023
5

Man, that was a delight. I didn't really know what to expect from this one. I was aware of the band but wasn't familiar with their catalog. Turns out, this was my jam. I loved the "modern garage throwback" vibe so much. It was such a groove and I was digging it already but when "Get Free" hit, I was all-in. What a freaking great track. I got nothing negative to say here. Full marks. Immediate replay.

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Sat Jul 22 2023
5

Suck my massive yellow dong. A mega record that smacks you round the chops and buries its dick in your cheek. My bum is twitching and it's not even time for breakfast. Fire a dog into a lamppost and watch it wee it's pants.

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Sat Jul 22 2023
5

this album was weirdly pivotal to me in that it was one of the first albums i got really in to that was 'heavier' than my usual musical fare. That synopsis puts this album weirdly into the category of gateway music.

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Sun May 21 2023
4

Now The Vines, that next big thing of the early 00’s rock revival. I was whipped up enough to purchase the record on the strength of “Get Free” a typically Cobain like garage rock banger. Listening back to the whole album, some twenty years later. First impression, more varied than a care to remember. It’s not straightforward rock, Homesick and the ska-tinged Factory nuance proceedings adding a little more colour to the overall sound. But the one constant that raises this record is Craig Nicholls vocal. It’s ranges from a gentle falsetto on Mary Jane to a bludgeoning rasp on the epic “Ain’t No Room, it’s an incredible performance throughout. A very fine rock record.

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Wed May 24 2023
4

The Vines! Now there's a name I haven't heard for a long time. Get free was played to absolute death when it was released. Good song though. I had never listened to an album of theirs before. Was better than I expected. That opening track is very Nirvana. I thought the slower "homesick" was quite good too. Actually felt it lost its way as I got further into it and I was losing interest by the end. The opening half I enjoyed but seemed to be missing something from "get free" onwards. Overall pretty good though Highlights: Highly evolved Outtathaway Homesick Get free 3.5/5

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Thu May 25 2023
4

The singer sounds drunk. Like, _ALL_ the time. I vaguely hearing "Get Free" on the radio when it first came out. I didn't realize it was that short. "Mary Jane" was probably the worst song on the album. I haven't heard a song so repetitive in a while. Comparisons to Nirvana seem a little overblown. The vocalist is raspy, but maybe it's just the way he screams, I don't know. It's a good rocker of an album, gets the blood pumping. Pretty good debut album.

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Mon May 29 2023
4

I listened a few times when it debuted. Descent album for sure. Reminded me a lot of the strokes

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Sat Jun 03 2023
4

I've heard this before but not for almost 20 years. Had a housemate that was obsessed with it and thought Craig Nichols was the hottest thing since sliced bread. I remember Get Free was pretty cool but it had very obvious Nirvana knockoff vibes. Was I just picking on it for a laugh? Let's find out. Nah it's still total Nirvana worship, but to be fair there's a bit more than that going on. It has that dissonance that Nirvana had on its non-Nevermind albums, but with extra things like understanding of harmony, guitar solos, ballad-ish moments and just... overall musical knowledge, I guess. lol. I always thought they were Swedish, didn't realise they were Australian. Should've guessed with a like "Craig Nichols". Either way it was cool to hear this again. I'd be tempted to put some of it in regular play tbh. 4/5.

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Mon Jun 05 2023
4

Cañero, rockero, intenso, todo un descubrimiento. Buenas voces y con estilo directo

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Thu Jun 15 2023
4

Highly Evolved is my Sail Away. I'm going to think about this album a lot.

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Tue Jun 27 2023
4

I really like their sound. A bit Brit-pop but not quite so pop-sounding - a bit rougher around the edges like garage rock. Sort of like Oasis with a touch of grunge. Very nice. 4 stars.

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Wed Jul 05 2023
4

Really love the sound that is somehow distinctively early 2000s and also evokes an earlier time. Good stuff. Best track: Get Free

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Wed Jul 12 2023
4

Always love this period in Rock music. It was very much a coming of age time for me. I had never heard of this band, nor any of their songs WITH THE EXCEPTION of "Get Free", but weirdly I had only ever heard Weird Al's cover. Either way I was a big fan of this. A good day!

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Thu Jul 13 2023
4

Was not expecting much from this band. I didn't pay attention to them when they came out and just kind of lumped them in with a huge group of bands and artists that seemed to be hitting it big and riding the wave of revival of garage rock kind of spurred by The Strokes. It's probably unfair to all of those bands to be so dismissive of them but that's how it is. This album was better than I expected, a great energy and a great sound. Production value is excellent and it's catchy and just kind of rocks. Really enjoyed listening to this.

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Fri Jul 14 2023
4

Rock and Roll, baby! A solid, grungy romp. I was not familiar with The Vines but I enjoyed this album all the way through. Not sure what puts it on this list but I did like it.

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Mon Jul 24 2023
4

Given what I’ve heard about them and when this album came out, I was expecting just another Strokes/Hives/White Stripes adjacent product, but I was pleased to find something more original and well executed. It’s a bit of garage rock meets Nirvana, and it works.

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Tue Aug 29 2023
4

Yeah, pretty solid stuff - I thought I'd heard this a bunch from a housemate in the early 2000s but it didn't seem that familiar - maybe it was a different one of their albums, or I've got them confused with someone else? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Almost tempted to remove a star for the awful ska stylings of "Factory", heh. Fave track - liked the psych leanings of "Country Yard" - "Ain't No Room" was also a banger.

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Tue Aug 29 2023
4

What a great debut. Highly Evolved really sets the tone and 1969 is a great closer. Get Free is very catchy. I think my favourite track though is In The Jungle.

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Wed Sep 06 2023
4

They are probably a 3, but I'm giving them 4 because they are Australian, and Get Free is awesome

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Wed May 17 2023
3

Decent album and solid production. Way more punk/grunge than I expected, vocals reminded me of early Thom Yorke. appreciate the varied tracklist and sequencing but tf was up with that ska intro strong 6, light 7

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Thu May 18 2023
3

17th May 2023 Listened mainly in the office but finished off the day after. Work pint after then pub to see Hannah visiting from aus. One all time classic, like that it had a mix of tones on it and not just heavy heavy. 3.5 if I could

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Fri May 19 2023
3

Entertaining rock. Mixture of slow moody songs with the faster raucous. I can hear occasionally the Nirvana influence, but a good tight set of straight forward rockers.

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Sat May 20 2023
3

Another one that is no longer in the book. 3.5 / 4

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Tue May 23 2023
3

Pretty standard sound for this era of punk, not edgy or too upbeat, but perfectly ok. 3.5

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Wed May 24 2023
3

Haven't listened to The Vines since I was in school. Thought it was okay, the second half of the album drags a bit but there are some bangers here. Highlights: Highly Evolved Outtathaway Get Free

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Thu May 25 2023
3

See my review for the Hives; copy and paste. That's not exactly true, because this was a true album and not a collection of singles. But it's the same garage rock revival sound. Which I do not mind. And in some ways I don't mind all the garage rock albums that made the 1,001 list - seems a bit overdone in the same way as all the electronica entries, but at least I like garage rock. Still, like the Hives, I don't really know what distinguishes some of the 2000 garage rock bands from the others. I really liked the title track for all its energy and buzzy sound (too bad it is so short, and starts and ends abruptly). Ditto to the two big singles Outtathaway and Get Free (a great rocker). But most of the rest of the album (except maybe Sunshinin) was a bit unremarkable, other than I now noted another band who I can say that Jet copied (see all the softer piano-based songs like Homesick or Country Yard). Of course, the Hives seem to have done some copying themselves - the riffs for In The Jungle feel like Day Tripper meets CCR and I can't put my finger where I've heard some of the riffs in Mary Jane or 1969 (I didn't mind these songs, but they felt a bit recycled). Long story short, I'm not rating the Vines higher than the Hives, even if it is a more complete album.

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Fri May 26 2023
3

The only Vines songs I knew before listening to this were Get Free and Outtathaway, so I was expecting an album full of slightly more "alternative" Buckcherry-ish douchiness. But, it's better than that for sure. I didn't expect such a psychedelic pop influence, sure the influences from Beatles and Floyd are really clear, but well enough done. And the singer's clean vocals aren't so bad when he's not doing...that thing he does with his voice. Honestly, not a bad record, I was expecting worse.

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Mon May 29 2023
3

Quite a strong take on the band's noisier influences, keeping the energy and most of the scuzz across even the slower cuts.

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Mon May 29 2023
3

Best Song: Outtathaway. Imagine if the whole album were played with this forward-leaning intensity? Worst Song: Mary Jane. Protracted, weepy-sounding chorus. Oh, and it's one of the longest songs on the album? Nice. Overall: Very middle of the road. It seems like the band can't decide whether they want to be a ripping cool rock band or a top 40 chart chaser. Ultimately they take the average and end up sounding kind of uninteresting. Immediately after this album finished, a Queens of the Stone Age song came on and it felt exactly like what The Vines wanted to do, but better.

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Thu Jun 01 2023
3

Really liked the vocalist(s) but overall the music was just okay for me. I wouldn’t seek out their music, but I wouldn’t hurry to change it if it were already on.

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Mon Jun 05 2023
3

5/10. The Vines is a pretty lame name for a band.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
3

This was a decent album. Definitely had some post grunge style to it but also some early 2000s alternative. The comparison to nirvana is kinda comical as they are much more a standard alt rock band. Nirvana is one of the greats bands of all time. I haven’t even heard of these guys until today so that should some their cultural importance. But overall it was good. Nothing amazing. 6.5/10

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Fri Jun 16 2023
3

A rebuf de la penúltima resurrecció del rock, a començaments de mil.leni, de la mà de The Strokes, i menor mesura, The White Stripes, van sorgir tota una sèrie de bandes que van acabar amb la moda del nu metal, i van donar una nova vitalitat al rock, aquest vegada influenciat sobretot pels sons de finals dels 70. Els australians The Vines van sorgir amb força, de la mateixa manera que bandes com Kings of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Jet o els suecs The Hives... quins anys! Escoltat ara amb perspectiva, el seu debut 'Highly Evolved', el seu disc més recordat, és un bon exemple del que es feia aleshores, però res extraordinari. Un bon grapat de temes per disfrutar del moment, si més no

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Sun Jun 18 2023
3

Some good songs some boring songs

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Tue Jun 20 2023
3

This was pretty good. Catchy, with the right amount of acidity. Stylistically this is all over the place, and a couple of these tracks could have been dropped to make a much better album, but I enjoyed it. I get the comparisons to Nirvana, but The Vines are pretty toothless by comparison. Most insightful comment by a fellow reviewer: "Garage rock for Britpop fans." Fave Songs: Homesick, Get Free, Sunshinin, Autumn Shade, Country Yard

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Sun Jun 25 2023
3

This album is completely non-offensive but definitely doesn't take any risks or pushes the genre forward. It is a mix of Britpop, garage rock, neo-psychedelia, post-punk/new wave revival, and a touch of grunge through a pop filter. Because they're trying to do so much, the Vines end up with a sort of bland sound that sits somewhere between the Beatles and Oasis. Even the vocals seem like a Liam Gallagher/John Lennon approximation. I'm honestly confused why this album is included in this list. There are much better early 2000s rock revival albums to include that are influential and genre defining.

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Sun Jun 25 2023
3

3.5/5. Very difficult lead singer but as it turned out he had Asperger’s. It’s a fairly solid record but nothing groundbreaking nor innovative in its genre, somewhat forgotten record and band.

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Tue Jun 27 2023
3

Very uneventful and run of the mill alt rock album

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Tue Jun 27 2023
3

Sounds like an average attempt at keeping grunge relevant into the 2000s.

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Thu Jul 06 2023
3

Alt Rock band, the Vines from Australia. Their Debut album. Singles: ----------------------------------------------- "Highly Evolved" (UK, 32) "Get Free" (#7 US Modern Rock, #24 UK) "Outtathaway!" (UK, 20; US ALT #19) "Homesick" (AUS, #50) Standouts: Get Free, Highly Evolved, Outtathaway!, Homesick, Factory. 3/5

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Wed Jul 12 2023
3

Mira ah, este disco me pasó de largo en su momento, ni siquiera recordaba su single más exitoso, pero ahora que lo escucho definitivamente entra en ese grupo de discos que lamento haberme perdido.

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Thu Jul 13 2023
3

I had enough of garage so the garage revival wasn't something that I got too exited about.

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Fri Jul 14 2023
3

Listening a one off song by The Vines is good - an entire album of his voice whining.... is not so good

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Fri Jul 14 2023
3

Y avait 50 fois mieux dans le genre mais au moins on s'est pas trop fait chier ce matin, plus qu'une dizaine de mois et l'on pourra enfin s'extraire de ce générateur de malheur.

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Fri Jul 14 2023
3

Comme vous le savez probablement, dès lors que je ne me souviens plus du contenu d'un album, mon premier réflexe est d'aller fouiller dans la conversation que j'entretiens avec mon ennemi juré eltrapeze pour y chercher une éventuelle réflexion partagée. J'ai donc écrit "vine" dans l'outil de recherche et suis tombé sur ce message envoyé par cet inculte assumé datant du 9 octobre 2018 : "ah tiens d'ailleurs ça y est j'ai choppe la vine Frank Ocean." Vous l'aurez compris, je n'ai tiré aucune information intéressante de cette recherche mis à part qu'eltrapeze n'est pas foutu d'écrire un message correctement.

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Thu Jul 20 2023
3

More meh than fine. Mostly reminded me of all the other Brit bands who seem to love the letter V. Leans more Oasis than Nirvana. That's a bug more than a feature.

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Sun Jul 30 2023
3

Basic bitchery of the early aughts.

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Thu Aug 10 2023
3

Ihan jees garage-tykittelyä

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Wed Aug 16 2023
3

Viihdyttävä, ei kuitenkaan sen erikoisempi. Helppo kuunneltava

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Wed Aug 16 2023
3

Get free entuudesta tuttu. Tämän listauksen mittarilla selkeästi keskivertoa parempi joten helppo kolmonen.

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Mon Aug 28 2023
3

Feel dumb after comparing that Sugar album to nirvana. These guys were REALY going for grunge in 02 and found it. Solid work that I'll never hear again.lol

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Tue Aug 29 2023
3

More I listen to stuff like this, the more the alt-indie-rock sounds of the late 90s to early 00s start to sound so one dimensional and formulaic.

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Tue Aug 29 2023
3

A fun surprise to come across this album. I first heard it around 2008, I think it was a random selection in the CD section at the Fargo Public Library. Beyond that I had not context for it, no one I knew listened to this band. I remember really loving a couple of the songs, and really not caring for a couple as well. That's still more or less true upon re-listening now in 2023. My favorites back then were "Outtatheway" - which I actually performed a cover version of in our basement band at the time - and "Factory". I find that I still like the former, and am a little less fond of the latter now. But some of the others are sticking out now in a good way, including "Highly Evolved", "Ain't No Room", "1969". Others slow the album down, namely "Homesick." After some reading I am still not entirely convinced of its place on the list, but it was a nice surprise to come across this again, and it is inspiring me to check out the rest of their discography.

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Wed Aug 30 2023
3

Kind of interesting that this found any purchase on this list. Just fine.

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Wed Aug 30 2023
3

It's a good album, but it's not particularly "great" at anything. I don't quite see why this is on this list, even though I enjoyed it.

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Thu Aug 31 2023
3

Definitely a cut above a lot of this type of post-grunge, punk-inflected rock in both substance and style. Definitely still solidly in that pack, though. Not sure anything distinguishes it that highly above a lot of peers. Still I enjoyed it, though it's not a genre I go too all that much anymore.

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Thu Aug 31 2023
3

that one song plus a couple others

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Thu Aug 31 2023
3

No real surprise this got exed in later editions as it's pretty dated, and standard issue "arent-we-just-the-coolest" edgy guitar rock from the early 2000s. Ballads work well, but everything else is forgettable, heard elsewhere, pretty templated, etc.

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Fri Sep 01 2023
3

This certainly is rock music. Some tracks have big homages to popular rock songs of the 70's 80's and 90's. They make some pretty good music, but still somehow have a lot of the style that rock in the 2000s had. Overall not bad, A strong 3/5

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Fri Sep 01 2023
3

Not bad, we have just been getting a lot of no name bands. I dont see what impact this has had on the music community.

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Sat Sep 02 2023
3

I remember at the time thinking the Vines were really amazing. They're ok

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Tue Sep 05 2023
3

Has some nice parts, an hour after listening can't recall much though

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Tue Sep 19 2023
3

What if The Strokes became a BritPop band?

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Fri May 19 2023
2

Energetic and varied rock album with nothing particular exciting about it. It’s just kinda there.

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Fri May 19 2023
2

Did not engage with this at all. Not terrible, but really bland, especially considering all the different sounds incorporated on the album.

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Sun May 21 2023
2

"frequently compared to Nirvana" ... well that was disappointing.

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Wed May 24 2023
2

It's not quite my kind of music but I think it also hasn't aged well. A little bit too forgettable.

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Mon May 29 2023
2

In Country Yard singt der Sänger: „I'm tired of feeling sick and useless” und man möchte ihm zurufen: „Dann mach’ was aus deinem Leben und bitte keine Musik mehr!“ War dann der Moment, in dem ich das Album ausgemacht habe.

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Thu Jun 15 2023
2

C+ Highly Evolved - 2 Autumn Shade - 3 Outtathaway - 3 Sunshinin - 2 Homesick - 4 Get Free - 2 Country Yard - 4 Factory - 3 In the Jungle - 2 Mary Jane - 3 Ain’t No Room - 3 1969 - 3 I really liked this album from the get-go thanks to its cover art. The music was really good, but I wasn't the right audience. When it spoke to me, it hit hard, but mostly it felt like it was speaking to others. Definitely an album I'll return to at some point.

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Mon Jun 19 2023
2

Australia's honest entry into the garage rock revival of the 2000's. Get Free was the hit song, and not without reason. The other songs, unfortunately, leave little impression. This is made doubly so by the back end of the album, which drags on until the very end. While it all sounds just fine, it barely registered in my brain that I listened to a full Vines album. That was just Get Free and a bunch of other noises. Whatever.

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Tue Jun 27 2023
2

Wasn't as bad as I feared, mainly because it's quite short. Sounds like a high school band playing their favorite '90s tunes in the local scout hut. Fair enough, I suppose, but I've seen friends in bands with much more talent and originality have no success, so it seems a bit unfair that something so elementary and derivative can make this bunch of drongos quite rich.

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Tue Jun 27 2023
2

"The Vines were frequently compared to Nirvana". I'm not a Nirvana fan and can clearly see this is bullshit. Fuck the Brit loving music apologist that put this on the list of things to listen to before you fucking die. If you're compared to one of the greatest bands from a genre, you need to be better than them or shut the fuck up. 2.5/5.

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Thu Jun 29 2023
2

2.7 - A pungent blend of runoff from various genres: grunge, neo-garage and Britpop. All masticated into a loud unappealing stew.

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Sun Jul 02 2023
2

Correct, genre de punk rock moyen ahah J'ai pas trop trippé ca sonne générique 2.75

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Fri Jul 14 2023
2

I just don’t see the point of all this

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Fri Jul 21 2023
2

Just because it’s loud indie doesn’t mean it’s good indie

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