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.
Performance CreditsVines 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 CreditsWayne Connolly Producer,Engineer
Anthony The Engineer
Daniel Clinch Engineer
Tim Kevin String Arrangements
Veit Mahler Engineer
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Vision Valley based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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.
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.