Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Vines

  • Highly Evolved [Capitol, 2002] Choice Cuts
  • Winning Days [Capitol, 2004] C+

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Highly Evolved [Capitol, 2002]
"Highly Evolved," "Get Free" Choice Cuts

Winning Days [Capitol, 2004]
The reason these Aussies saved neither Capitol Records nor rock and roll isn't this duff follow-up. It's their duff debut. Inferior to not just Nirvana but Oasis, led by a spoiled jerk who can't sing the lyrics he can't write, and of negligible musical interest beyond the stray hook, they demonstrated the biz's conceptual bankruptcy by parlaying a fluke hit into brief next-big-thingdom. Trash a few dressing rooms to a tune some a&r cornball can hum and you always stand a chance of convincing him you're a genius in the rough. C+