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Sunday, January 09, 2005

THE VINES - WINNING DAYS 

Album: Winning Days
Artist: The Vines
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Think back to the movie High Fidelity. Jack Black, John Cusack, the bald indie rock guy and the dude from Swingers are discussing their Top 5 side one, track ones. John Cusack picks his Top 5 with a list of extremely safe picks and one new type song. That is the best way to describe the Vines new album. Basking in the glow of their overplayed hits from the first album (Highly Evolved), their new album opens up with a Neptunes driven remix of Get Free. Oops, my mistake. It is actually their new single Ride. The boys didn't drift too far in looking for the recipe for this single. This track will sell the new cd to everyone who bought the last cd.

The album is being marketed as a Nirvana meets the Beatles sound. Wow, I have never heard of a garage band citing those two bands as their influences. If they had dropped Yngwie Malmstein meets Jacko Pastorus, they might have turned some heads. Biting the styles of two of the biggest names in rock history is like citing God and Buddha as your influence for how you live life. However, where most bands cited the names and write their own shit, the Vines go one step farther, by basically looping the Beatles albums for days before running into the studio and going for broke. I will admit this though, as much I dislike this album, Rainfall is quite a catchy track. Unfortunately, that might be because I am a Beatles fan and it sounds like it was written to be just that. After releasing a first, well-received album, you would hope the band would evolve to forge a unique identity. I think they have regressed by putting together a couple of grungy songs they can rely on to sell albums and a few songs where they can talk about how they have grown as artists, when in reality they just chose another style to imitate.

My final thought about this album is of course the closing track. F.T.W (Fuck the World) shows what is wrong with the Vines. I am not alone in thinking, any band that is handed the world, allowed to tour it and experience life in the best possible manner should embrace it. Instead, in an effort to stand out (when they in fact, just mirror other pretentious bands in the same position), they reject the world, progress and being famous. To quote Barry, 'how extremely pussy of you'.

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