|Vision Valley Capitol |
Music ••• Sound •••½
The Vines proved they were more than just your average postgrunge garage rockers on Winning Days
. Artful and odd, that sophomore album revealed the songwriting prowess of raspy singer Craig Nicholls. Great, but we want some gritty, snarling music, too - and the Vines deliver on Vision Valley
. "F*K Yeh" nails us with pogo-inducing fury, and you can virtually smell the band's amps in "Gross Out." Alas, you also get a wimpy attempt at country ("Take Me Back"), some schmaltzy orchestration ("Going Gone"), and bland Oasis-isms (the title track). Still, these Aussies keep the hard stuff rollin' with "Dope Train" and "Anysound," where Nicholls announces, "I am a Vine / All twisted and frayed." Way to be.
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