Sound — 8
As you may already have realised, the Vines are fighters. After their debut album 'Highly Evolved' hit the big time after the success of the single 'get free', they were being praised by many critics, some even going as far as saying they were a wild cross between Nirvana and The Beatles. Unfortunetly, their 2nd album 'Winning Days' was not as successful. Then Singer/Lead guitarist Craig Nicholls was diagnosed with a lower form of Aspbergers disease and many thought they were no more. Than, in 2006, they brought out their 3rd album, 'Vision Valley'. The band then began touring again, and solidified themselves as an important part of the Post-Grunge/Garage scene. Vision Valley saw them grow into their own, and began to show some of their own sound. 'Melodia' is an extension of this, and is full of bright ideas. It begins with 'Get Out', a typical Vines song, with the smooth verses, and the explosive choruses. The first single off the album 'He's A rocker' has had strong success in Australia, and is one of the best songs ever produced by the band. Running for a minor one minute and fifty-four seconds, it has the typical vocal melody guitar solo, yelling in the chorus, and an interesting outro. However some songs are just a waste of space on the C.D, like the extremely short instrumental track 'Jamola', which leads to nowhere. Yet, the album's sound is another step forward for the Vines, in it's journey to the top.
Lyrics — 7
Although I find Craig's general ideas to be quite clever, he does often sing or yell (which ever you prefer to call it) about nothing in particular. He also doesn't make much sense in the grammar department, in choruses such as that of 'He's a Rocker' he yells "All he's ever doing is that rockin' the music, rockin' the music, yeah". Even though you get the general idea of what he is saying, it does quite often get annoying. Craig is an outstanding singer, and his vocals are always used to the power of the Vines.
Overall Impression — 8
Stand-out songs on this album are definetly 'Get out' 'He's a rocker' 'Manger' and the moody ballad 'True as the night'. Although the album has some misses, it is jam-packed with ideas that as mentioned earlier sometimes pay off and sometimes don't. If it were lost, I would buy it again.