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The Vines: Vision Valley
The Aussies are back, sporting compact and healthy new tunes
But for all their recent turmoil, it’s remarkable that we’ve an album so soon after his diagnosis. ‘Vision Valley’ is the sound of a band with nothing more to lose, a super-condensed portrait of their career thus far – it furthers their tested formula of sneering Nirvana-isms (‘Gross Out’, ‘Fuk Yeh’) coupled with sweeping psych-pop songs (the resplendent ‘Take Me Back’). Only now, they’re all two minutes long. Surprisingly, there’s little evidence here of The Vines’ recent career-turbulence, so anybody expecting a bevy of confessional numbers such as, say, ‘Waltz Of The Aspies’ or ‘Fuck The (Neurotypical) World’ will be left expecting. For despite its veneer of stopgap LP, ‘Vision Valley’ leaves us suspecting that, newly freed from the inspirational deadzone that is touring, Craig Nicholls may indeed find himself penning some of the greatest songs of the 21st century. The trick will be in the waiting.
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