Highly Evolved

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
The title of this breathless disc is a little bit misleading, since the Vines spend most of the album bashing out proudly back-to-basics rock in the mode of, say, the White Stripes and Hives, with the slightest hint of an Aussie accent. The title track, which barrels by in less than two minutes, is indicative of what the quartet is all about: Frontman Craig Nicholls emotes in Cobain-derived whisper-to-a-scream fashion, while his mates chug along in a three-chord blur. There's a similarly frenzied feel to "Get Free" which borrows a bit from the Motor City 5, circa John Sinclair and the antiwork screed "Factory" a veritable national anthem for the on-the-dole set. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
The title of this breathless disc is a little bit misleading, since the Vines spend most of the album bashing out proudly back-to-basics rock in the mode of, say, the White Stripes and Hives, with the slightest hint of an Aussie accent. The title track, which barrels by in less than two minutes, is indicative of what the quartet is all about: Frontman Craig Nicholls emotes in Cobain-derived whisper-to-a-scream fashion, while his mates chug along in a three-chord blur. There's a similarly frenzied feel to "Get Free" which borrows a bit from the Motor City 5, circa John Sinclair and the antiwork screed "Factory" a veritable national anthem for the on-the-dole set. The Vines are less successful when they turn things down a notch, however: "Autumn Shade" reaches for a Kinks-meets-Blur sense of suburban art damage but ends up sounding like mere mall-bought ear candy. Still, the band work up enough energy on the majority of Highly Evolved's tunes to make up for the occasional spot of coasting.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
They may be hyped by the British press as no less than the second coming of Nirvana, but on Highly Evolved the Vines offer something more interesting than yet another trawl through flannel-clad angst. True, the addictively short "Highly Evolved"'s primal beat and chunky guitars are certainly post-grunge, but not not in the boringly earnest, imitative way that bands such as Silverchair were -- the song's sludgy sexiness and tight structure also recall the '60s garage punk that shaped bands like Nirvana and Mudhoney. But instead of just capitalizing on that one admittedly great sound, on the rest of the album the Vines prove that their style is indeed a highly evolved hybrid of grungy, garage rock swagger, '60s psych, and '70s pop. "Sunshinin'" throws a Krautrock-tinged bassline into the mix for good measure, while the irresistible "Factory" sounds like Elton John and Supergrass collaborating on a response to "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da." Likewise, their ballads mix their reverence for the past with their own youthful enthusiasm. With its tinkling pianos and sweet, close harmonies, "Homesick" is a fresh update on the AM radio sounds of Gilbert O' Sullivan; the gorgeous, guitar-driven "Autumn Shade" and "Country Yard" share deep roots in British pop. Unlike many other pop postmodernists, the Vines never sound weighed down by all the influences they include in their music -- it's as if they're so excited by everything they hear, they can't help but recombine it in unique ways. In fact, "Highly Evolved"'s relatively weak moments occur when the Vines aren't doing as much musical juggling: Straightforward rockers like "1969" and "In the Jungle" are certainly driving, but aren't as distinctive as the tough, pushy riffs on "Outtathaway!" or "Ain't No Room"'s wound-up, punky pop. Still, "Highly Evolved" is a great introduction to the Vines' eclectic style and suggests that they may have a more distinctive voice -- and future -- than many of their contemporaries.
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
A promising first effort.
Blender
If you're this good, it's not hype.

A promising first effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/2002
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353752729
  • Catalog Number: 37527
  • Sales rank: 115,028

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Highly Evolved (1:34)
  2. 2 Autumn Shade (2:17)
  3. 3 Outtathaway! (3:02)
  4. 4 Sunshinin' (2:43)
  5. 5 Homesick (4:53)
  6. 6 Get Free (2:06)
  7. 7 Country Yard (3:46)
  8. 8 Factory (3:12)
  9. 9 In the Jungle (4:15)
  10. 10 Mary Jane (5:52)
  11. 11 Ain't No Room (3:28)
  12. 12 1969 (6:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Vines Primary Artist
Victor Indrizzo Drums
Ethan Johns Percussion
Rob Schnapf Guitar
Joey Waronker Drums
Steven Rhodes Percussion
Roger Manning Keyboards
Craig Nicholls Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Patrick Matthews Organ, Bass, Piano
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Keyboards
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Rob Schnapf Producer
Andrew Slater Executive Producer
Justin Stanley Producer
Doug Boehm Engineer
Steven Rhodes Engineer
Tony Rambo Engineer
Craig Nicholls Cover Painting
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quite possibly the best cd is years

    These guys absoltly rock. There anthems of rock, teary ballads, and rock songs all come together to make amazing record. i insist that everyone gets it just to see what it is like

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I don't believe I never wrote a review for this...

    This is my favorite CD and my favorite band. I've been one of those fans who was on the fanlist from day one and has a million s/ns and e-mails with the words "i love", "craig" and/or "thevines" involved. The one who's nickname is Mary Jane and isn't afraid to admit it. The one who's always saying "This band is so great, you need to listen to them" and everyone would ignore the pleas until they saw them on the VMAs and suddenly realized that they were "soOoOoOOoOooOOo cool! I loooooooove the Vines!" Don't you hate that? Those of you who know good music when you hear it know what I'm talking about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Vines... great new Rock band!

    I think The Vines have great potential! They have a lot of veriaty in their CD Highly Evolved! Theres a lot of more up-beat, and heavy songs, but there's also mellow, more slow songs which is a pluss as well! The lead singer Craig Nicholls has a nice voice, and a unique personality! All in all I give it a five! Great band!!! LOVE UM!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Record

    It's kind of hard to describe a band with a real twangy guitar sound and a singer who sounds like he has throat cancer. But, amazingly, this seemingly ragtag load of musicians put together a very good record. Highly Evolved is very nicely balanced, a mixture of good Strokes-like rock songs and other acoustic, softer songs that for some reason made me think of some later Beatles work. Assuming that the Vines are not just another one of those bands who put out a good debut and then suck for the rest of their careers, I think we can look forward to some good stuff from them in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this CD

    This whole CD is great. Craig Nicholls is awesome! The riffs are amazing.A little Stones,Beatles,Van halen,Guns N Roses,all wrapped up in one group. Great range of music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST CD EVER

    This is the best ever. You all need to listen to this if you like ever other band out there like them. I highly recommend it. Also, they are all dead sexy and are from Australia. You can't disagree to that, come on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    awesome C.D.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the vines rock

    from start to finish ''highly evolved'' exemplifies two amazing genres of music covered by the talented front man craig nichols and the rest of the vines. whether screaming or slowing it down i could listen to these guys rock over and over and over again. i highly recomend this album to anyone with ears, and most people without them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT STUFF!!!!!!!!!

    THE VINE'S ALBUM TOTALLY ROX!!!!! I'm so glad it came out because basically, all of todays music pretty much SUX, except for the exception of all these great rock bands like the vines, hives, strokes, white stripes, etc. This album is AWESOME!!! There is enough slow songs to put u in that mellow mood which is usually followed by a louder song which will wake u up right away! on a scale of 1-10 i give this album a 15. Need I say more?? NOW GO BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Kind of CD You Never Get Tired Of

    Every song is different on this CD. I've listened to it atleast a few hundred times and I'm not even close to tiring of the album. Each song seems to blossom into deeper and more enjoyable levels. It's definitely a gem in my CD collection. They put on a great show in Philly too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Vines Prove that Rock and Roll is Back

    The Vines' ''Highly Evolved'' is easily one of the top ten albums of 2002. Unlike some bands in this garage rock revival, they are all about the music; a tasty mix of garage rock and pop, perfect for those of us who demand great melodies and heavy guitar work. The first track ''Highly Evolved'' is a thrashing punk track, with Craig's vocal chords being ripped out. Then they surprise you with delicate multitracked vocals in ''Autumn Shade''; it's so soothing that you can't help but settle into it. The whole album surprises you at every turn; just when you think you know what style will pop up next, the Vines'll surprise you. It is highly suitable as a soundtrack to all of life's activities, whether you are getting ready to go out or getting ready to sleep.It's that good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm gonna get free!!!!

    Damn i love that song. The vines set a great example of rock music today. Although their debut album hasn't been released yet, i already know they will blowup in the music buisness. Really, this review is just on the song ''Get Free'' cuz i haven't heard any other songs from them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    British pop?

    This isn't British pop, it's Australian. Damn good Australian at that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Vine's first strike

    The Album is great. But nothing can top Is This It by the Strokes, so Highly Evolved gets a four. Not as post punk as the Hives, and not too similar to the Strokes... However these three bands are leading the rock revolution. The Vines distinguish themselves from their counter parts with a pop undertone of garage rock... but its not cruddy american pop, this is british pop...yummy! The Vines also cover a wide range of musical influences on Highly Evolved... Tracks like get free, that resemble a garage punk Nirvana, that then lead into the track Country Yard, think a mellow Beatles with the Vines very own kick. Overall a very amusing album, good for playing loud and driving bad. I recommend this album to anyone craving more rock, the stuff that will roll american pop off the radio (Yes including the horrible excuse for rock like Slipnot and other likes...).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2010

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