Vision Valley [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
When Vines frontman Craig Nicholls announced that he was taking a permanent leave of absence from the concert stage thanks to the debilitating effects of a nervous disorder, it was widely assumed that the Aussie band had played their last notes. Well, Vision Valley just goes to show what happens to those who assume. While the disc has its fair share of the spit-in-your-eye punk that marked the band's early days -- notably the joyfully sneering "Fuk Yeh" -- there's a sense of world-weariness that's mighty surprising, given Nicholls's past predilections not to mention his far-from-grizzled age. The introspection adds a great deal of heft to the six-minute album closer, ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
When Vines frontman Craig Nicholls announced that he was taking a permanent leave of absence from the concert stage thanks to the debilitating effects of a nervous disorder, it was widely assumed that the Aussie band had played their last notes. Well, Vision Valley just goes to show what happens to those who assume. While the disc has its fair share of the spit-in-your-eye punk that marked the band's early days -- notably the joyfully sneering "Fuk Yeh" -- there's a sense of world-weariness that's mighty surprising, given Nicholls's past predilections not to mention his far-from-grizzled age. The introspection adds a great deal of heft to the six-minute album closer, "Spaceship," which finds the singer breathily making his way through layers of refracted guitar, kind of like Alice navigating the territory on the wrong side of the looking glass. It's not a depressing landscape, just a peculiar one, with vistas marked by tumblin' tumbleweeds the Gram Parsons-influenced ballad "Take Me Back" and ornate sound castles the title track, which owes a bit of a debt to Oasis. In a sense, one gets the feeling that Nicholls was allowed to relax a bit once freed from the pressures of wondering if he could reproduce the sounds in his head in a live setting. Vision Valley proves that he's certainly capable of doing so in the studio -- a fact that ought to tide fans over for a while.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
After 2004's lackluster Winning Days and Craig Nicholls' subsequent breakdown, it certainly seemed like the Vines were never to be heard from again. Surprisingly, though, the band persevered: Nicholls was diagnosed with and treated for the neurobiological disorder Asperger's Syndrome, and guitarist Ryan Griffiths and drummer Hamish Rosser stuck by him bassist Patrick Matthews left to play with Youth Group. The trio recorded Vision Valley in a few small studios around Sydney, and the album has the back-to-basics sound of a band getting back on its feet again. The Vines have consolidated their strengths, sticking to their formula of wound-up, grungy rock and pretty, psych-tinged ballads. Fortunately, they still do both well, as outbursts like "Anysound" and "Nothin's Comin'" keep it spare and simple, while the title track and "Take Me Back" show that Nicholls and company's softer, lusher songs have nearly as much impact as the harder ones. Especially on the first half of Vision Valley, everything is tight, focused, and shiny, particularly on the playful pop of "Candy Daze" and the insidiously catchy single "Don't Listen to the Radio," both of which offer a more bubblegummy take on their rock sound. If anything, Vision Valley almost feels too tightly constructed, lacking the messiness and loose ends that made the Vines sound like they had so much potential on Highly Evolved. However, "Gross Out" captures some of the freewheeling spirit they had on their debut, and when they stretch out on the lengthy, atmospheric rock of "Dope Train" and the floaty, Pink Floyd-esque album closer, "Spaceship," it feels like the Vines may still regain the momentum they had earlier in their career. Vision Valley might be a little predictable, but at least the Vines sound like they're back in control of their lives and music again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 094633181724
  • Catalog Number: 31817
  • Sales rank: 142,379

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Anysound (1:55)
  2. 2 Nothin's Comin' (2:00)
  3. 3 Candy Daze (1:40)
  4. 4 Vision Valley (2:42)
  5. 5 Don't Listen to the Radio (2:10)
  6. 6 Gross Out (1:18)
  7. 7 Take Me Back (2:42)
  8. 8 Going Gone (2:44)
  9. 9 F*k Yeh (1:58)
  10. 10 Futuretarded (1:47)
  11. 11 Dope Train (2:36)
  12. 12 Atmos (1:50)
  13. 13 Spaceship (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Vines Primary Artist
Amanda Brown Violin
Nic Dalton Electronic Mandolin
Andy Kent Bass
Craig Nicholls Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Hamish Rosser Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Ryan Griffiths Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Rowan Smith Violin
Sophie Glasson Cello
Tim Kevin Organ, Piano
Technical Credits
Don Bartley Mastering
Wayne Connolly Producer, Engineer
Anthony The Engineer
Daniel Clinch Engineer
Tim Kevin String Arrangements
Veit Mahler Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    they're back

    all though the vines can never tour again, they can still release great albums. After 2 long and difficult years for the vines, they release their best album yet. Every track is breathing new life from the band. The last three tracks go together perfectly, it's an amazing thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    nevermind

    you know what, scratch what i wrote under "it works." i've been listening to this album over and over the past few hours and i just keep falling into it even more and more. i love it and now in some ways i think it's better than winning days. almost. it has both highly evolved and winning days, so it's uniquely them. it's funny cuz i just wrote that other review not even 30 minutes ago and already i'm more in love with this album. now, every song is great. and i stand by my original thought: something about it works, all of the songs go together very well, very smoothly, and i don't know, i'm really into it. i can't listen to anything else.

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