12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It may be an emblem of the fleeting early-’00s rock revival, but The Vines’ debut LP is incredibly varied. That’s a testament to the Sydney upstarts’ knack for offsetting their garage-grunge volatility with more evergreen fare, like the Beatlesque “Homesick,” the folky ballad “Autumn Shade,” and the ska-tinged “Factory.” Such variety broadens the appeal of Highly Evolved, even when Craig Nicholls goes full Cobain with gravelly snideness. That said, you’ll still pump a mighty fist to “Get Free” and the super-chewy title track.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It may be an emblem of the fleeting early-’00s rock revival, but The Vines’ debut LP is incredibly varied. That’s a testament to the Sydney upstarts’ knack for offsetting their garage-grunge volatility with more evergreen fare, like the Beatlesque “Homesick,” the folky ballad “Autumn Shade,” and the ska-tinged “Factory.” Such variety broadens the appeal of Highly Evolved, even when Craig Nicholls goes full Cobain with gravelly snideness. That said, you’ll still pump a mighty fist to “Get Free” and the super-chewy title track.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Basey Anfernie ,

I honestly do not understand.

Highly Evolved is the essential Vines album...."no reviews"??? Do you guys even Rock&Roll!!???

Wez0614 ,

Beyond Perfection!

Extremely rare album - I love every single track! Buy, treasure and rejoice!

Tim Goldberg ,

A modern classic

The Vines' debut album is pure punk bliss. It starts off with a bang and then swings deftly between hardcore thrash and soft acoustic numbers without missing a beat. These are the kind of songs that stick in your head for days. I've listened to it at least six times and I still can't get enough.

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