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The Vines – Highly Evolved (2002)

February 4, 2012

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[Album 14/1001]

Unfairly dismissed by some as a Nirvana cover band, The Vines were much better than they received credit for.

Were their musical influences noticeable?  Indubitably.

Homesick is an unexpectedly pretty ballad reminiscent of Oasis at the top of their game (Cast No Shadow, Don’t Go Away).

Country Yard has Floydian Wish You Were Here moments.

Autumn Shade and Radiohead’s Karma Police aren’t exactly dissimilar.

I’d argue it’s inspired by all of the above but still does not sound completely derivative.  The handclaps & guitars are terrific; Get Free & Outtathaway! are both up-tempo gems. 

The last two tracks are forgettable but overall, the album’s a keeper and puts The Vines a notch or two above their ‘The’ band counterparts (The Hives, The White Stripes, The Strokes).

Post-script: After writing my thoughts, I looked back at the book to see what the 1001 reviewer had said.  It appears we had very similar feelings about Highly Evolved!  I prefer to view this as a case of great minds thinking alike as opposed to fools seldom differing…

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