Sound — 8
Pulling influences from a wide palette, The Vines often show traces of The Beatles, Nirvana, and the Cars, and, believe it or not, Pink Floyd in their new, remarkably short album, "Vision Valley." Between their last release, "Winning Days" and today, vocalist/guitarist Craig Nicholls was diagnosed with a mild form of autism, which led many fans to believe that the Vines had broken up, but with this album, they show few signs of slowing down.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics, in the songs that you can actually hear them, are certainly nothing to rave about. On "Don't Listen To The Radio," Nicholls sings about a somewhat cliche topic, which bashes the radio and television, and all things that promote over-saturated radio junk. It is hardly fitting for the Vines, a fairly big radio band, to begin bashing one of the things that made them as famous as they are today. Other lyrics are acceptable, although nothing too special.
Overall Impression — 8
While it can't edge out their brilliant debut "Highly Eveolved," it certainly is more consistantly satisfying than "Winning Days," which showed signs of brilliance, but with no defining moment that sest it apart from anything else. That moment has to go to the 6 minute long (epic by Vines standards), surprisingly Pink Floyd-esque "Spaceship," which is a deep ballad that has all the twists and turns of a classic, psychadelic Floyd opus. The length, although very short, appeals to today's short attention span music listeners, while it disappoints listeners like me, who prefer an 8 minute song to a 2 minute song. Overall, "Vision Valley" is a great modern rock effort, although by no means a classic.