Sound — 8
The Vines were recommended to me from a friend. I did not know what to expect, and what I found was an under-rated rock band with a lot to offer. Their sound is a cross between The Beatles and more modern rock, which gives this album a very unique sound. Each song is quite different, ranging from the more rock sound of tracks such as Outtathaway to the exquisite simplicity of Mary-Jane and Homesick. The lead singer has a nice, honest voice, but his tone only comes through on slower tracks.
Lyrics — 6
The lyrics are not the best I have heard but they don't let the songs down by being awful. They are slighty strange at times but this aspect simply reinforces the uniquness of sound.
Overall Impression — 8
The best songs are probably the slower ones such as Country Yard, Mary-Jane and Homesick. I like the fact that this album is not afraid to be different from most rock bands and just resorting to a lot of loud guitar and drums. The slightly psychedelic element that runs throughout is a welcome change modern music, recalling bands from the sixties and seventies while maintaining a contempary tone. If I lost this CD I would be upset but probably wouldn't bother buying it again, as it is not my favourite type of music.Having said this, I would consider buying their new album which is said to be better.