Highly Evolved
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Hailed by a growing number as "the future of rock," the Vines are more a conglomeration of the best of the past. The Sydney, Australia, quartet sounds alternately like Nirvana, the Beatles, T. Rex, and even the Beach Boys (and, at times, all of those blended together). On Highly Evolved they present 12 flawlessly crafted songs, each one living up to the title of the album and first song. The wistful yearning of "Homesick," the breakneck force of "Get Free," and the gritty party of "Sunshinin" are proof alone of their deserved success. Sonically more complex than their stripped-down contemporaries White Stripes and the Strokes, the Vines write songs worthy of orchestration. But unlike White Blood Cells or Is This It, this album lacks cohesion. Each song is a world to itself, never quite uniting with the others. But such a critique, normally reserved for more established bands, shows the extent of the Vines' accomplishments--getting compared to the greats your first time out isn't too bad. --Laura Etling

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tracklisting: Highly Evolved
Autumn Shade
Get Free
Country Yard
In the Jungle
Mary Jane
Ain't No Room
title: Highly Evolved
rating: 3
purchase date: 09-05-2005
published: 16-07-2002
price: $17.98
net Rating: 4
last lookup time: 137384848
fullTitle: Highly Evolved
currentValue: $1.50
created: 137384848
country: us
aspect: Audio CD
asin: B0000669JG
artist: The Vines