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  • Audio CD (November 22, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Capitol Music
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000669JG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,895 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Highly Evolved by The Vines

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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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This is not the future of rock, but a giant step back.
Robert A. Borrego
This new album by the Vines is very good, however it may not be the same as what people may expect from hearing "Get Free".
Jon
Great songs include: Highly Evolved, Autumn Shade, Homesick, Outtathaway!
Miss P.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cary S. Whitt on July 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ok, forget all of the Nirvana comparisons for one second. Yeah sure they dip their feet into the Seattle waters from time to time, but there is so much else on the Vines debut, it simply adds to the over-all appeal. I immediately gravitate towards singer Craig Nichols' screaming vocals. Somehow he puts his own unique twist on a vocal style long since original. After that, are the lyrics which at their best, take no prisoners and weep with angst and sorrow. At their worst, they become sing-a-long punk-pop projects. (nothing wrong with that at all)
There is an immediate feeling to the record. And it's important feeling too. The feeling of something new and fresh, yet so familiar. Right away we realize these guys have some great CD collections, but further more, we realize they use what they know. One could say "Highly Evolved" is a sum of it's influenced parts.
Highlights for me include the blitzing single "Get Free", the emotionally charged, "Country Yard" and quick hit wonder of "Highly Evolved".
These four aussie rockers have pushed their way here with an album that sounds like it would never get a chance, but somehow did. It is the sound of kids that are fed up with the rap metal thing and yawn at the uninspired state of "safe" alternative radio. It's an album that will please immediately but will pleasure for a lot longer.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2002
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I have to say that out of all these "The" bands (Vines / Hives / Strokes / White Stripes /Exies / etc...), The Vines album has gotta be the best buy. I own "Veni Vidi Vicious" by The Hives and that's my favorite punk album but I'm not TOO BIG on the punk scene. I've heard The Strokes and White Stripes albums but The Vines outdo them all. Being said that The Vines were influenced by Nirvana (my favorite band), I immediately bought this to check out the hype. Now, it really wasn't what I expected at first. The only Nirvana-esque song is probably "Get Free" and that's a rockin' number but with ballads like Autumn Shade, Sunshinin', Homesick, Country Yard, and Mary Jane, this album did not live up to my expectations. I must say I was disappointed with this album as first but you have to hear all the songs with an open mind to make this album very ... accessible to listen to. That's exactly what I did and this CD now belongs in my top 5 or top 10 collection right behind my Nirvana albums. Here's a short rundown of each song...
[01] Highly Evolved
- Despite the fact that this killer rock track is only like a minute long, it's easy to identify this song by the title. When I first heard it, it sounded like a space-age futuristic rock song with its overproduction but nonetheless, killer song.
[02] Autumn Shade
- Now I know Craig's and Axl's (GN'R) voices are in completely different ranges but this song just reminds me of GN'R's "November Rain." I don't know how to explain it well but this is the best ballad you'll find on "Highly Evolved". As the song drags on near the end, you'll hear some static/feedback which, in a cool way, jumps into...
[03] Outtathaway
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By GZA on August 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
'Highly Evolved' is quite good. There. I've said it. "Quite" good. You'd be forgiven, having read the hyperbole surrounding Australia's Vines, for thinking they'd resurrected Princess Di, discovered a cure for cancer and performed all manner of other miracles in one fell swoop. They haven't. They've made a fairly good, punky, melodic, rock n roll album. That the music press in Britain has gone so overboard, hailing Craig Nicholls and Co as the best band for a decade (erm, what about Oasis, Radiohead, The Strokes etc...), is a reflection on the rather pathetic desperation of the media to find the next big thing, and then convince an unsuspecting public that it is considerably better and more thrilling than it actually is. Well, it made me go out and buy the album anyway.....
Onto the actual music. Nicholls is a decent front man, by turns angry, joyous and reflective. Musically the album mixes punk, grunge, acoustic strumming and full-on rock wig-outs, the influence of Nirvana and Supergrass readily apparent. The stand out tracks (admittedly after only 3 listens) are Country Yard, Highly Evolved and Mary Jane. However, groundbreaking 'Highly Evolved' aint. This isn't the only drawback (The Strokes' album is rather derivative, but still brilliant) - the album just doesn't excite like it should. It could have been made by any one of a dozen marginal indie bands, and to compare it to debuts such as Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' or the first Stone Roses album is, to my mind, ludicrous. Still, you should draw your own conclusions - I'm sure a thousand people will think I'm an idiot on reading this.....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miss P. on December 4, 2005
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The Vines are my favourite band ever. I love how they can play great rock and roll music, but also have the talent of playing some really soft, almost beatle-like songs.(Mary Jane, Homesick)And can pull it off pretty good.

I have this album, but it has the cover of the import, but it doesn't have sun child demo...weird. But that doesn't matter because I have Winning Days aswell.

I was also wondering why this album has only 4 stars! All the songs on Highly Evolved are incredibly catchy, and easily get stuck in your head. I found that none of the songs were filler. With a good mix of rock, and soft ..rock, this music just appeals to me. I also like how these guys are from Australia..(Also check out Jet.)

Great songs include: Highly Evolved, Autumn Shade, Homesick, Outtathaway! Country Yard, and Mary Jane.

I Highly recommend this album, aswell as The Vines' second album Winning Days.
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