Sound — 10
Great Australian band The Vines, who were named 'The Saviors of Rock' by Rolling Stone Magazine, are back with their fourth studio album, Melodia. This album contains 14 tracks, which range from heavy rock songs with four chord riffs, to slow songs with acoustic guitar, and even an instrumental, even though it only goes for fifty seconds. One stand out track would be Merry-go-round. It may have a simple riff, but for the chorus, the tempo increases and the song gets faster, which I believe they have not done before. Unlike their last album, Vision Valley, Melodia has a happier feel to it. The songs may be simple and easy to understand, but they still pack a punch.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics on Melodia, like with most of their music are simple, not having much depth, but that does not mean that they lack feeling. Unlike on Vision Valley, which has lyrics mostly associated with death and taking LSD (I saw this on an interview with Craig Nicholls on Channel V. The Death and LSD do not actually have anything to do with him. The lyrics are just about them), Melodia goes on a happier feel, and even a religious meaning on the track Manger. The Lyrics on Melodia are more about love and overcoming problems in life. Craig's voice is very well demonstrated on this album, especially his trademark screaming or yelling. His voice harmonises very well with the music and minces in with it very well. Also the backing singers sing very well on this album. Craig's voice is best demonstrated on the track Kara Jayne, espcially his falcetto (Singing very high) during the violin section.
Overall Impression — 10
The Vines are a very unique band with a strong sound. They are still staying with the strong rock sound that has been shown from other bands such as the earlier Silverchair, and especially Jet. Melodia still stays with the great rock sound, even though I was a little dissapointed that none of the tracks seemed to be as Memorable as past tracks, such as Don't Listen To The Radio (Vision Valley) or Get Free (Highly Evolved). But this does not mean that there are not heavy tracks. Some of the best tracks off the album are get Out, He's A Rocker (Already Released), Brain Dead, Kara Jane, Merry-go-round and Hey. I love that the Vines hve not sold out and become pop, unlike other mainstream bands (Silverchair, Good Charlotte), but I do wish that they had made their songs more memorable by having more hooks in the lyrics or maybe more memorable guitar work. Despite this, Melodia is a great album which sounds and feels like pure Australian rock.