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The Vines - Wicked Nature

by Brian Lange. Rating:7 Release Date:2014-09-01

Think about some of the best double-albums in existence. There aren’t many. London Calling; Daydream Nation; The Fragile; Quadrophenia; Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness; Physical Graffiti; The Wall, The Beatles’ White Album.

Of course, these are some of the best of the best and there are undoubtedlyother personal faves I have omitted. Whether you agree with some of these lists or not, even if you hate some of these records, you can’t overlook the impact and significance a lot of them had. A double-record is a statement, counter-intuitively maybe even more so in today’s day and age of disposable digital data. 

Purportedly, The Vines intended to make a single album originally, but eventually went on to record more material for the second disc. Because of the very short length, it seems as though the boys were simply pushing the idea of a double record, whether it be for a price boost or just to be able to say you’re one of an elite few that have done it. It doesn't seem necessary and probably could have been condensed into a single album. 

It must be stated that the 'double-album' designation given to Wicked Nature is a little bit of a cop-out. Two discs, yes, but the total album length doesn’t even exceed one hour. Having said all that, Wicked Nature is actually very good. It’s conceptually sound, well produced, and not just a bunch of filler. It’s classic Vines with just about every track having the desired effect of good, fun listening. 

The Vines have sought to take more control, releasing it independently, digitlally, as well as a variety of other formats including CD and vinyl. (Sorry, cassette kids.) Lead singer and sole original member Craig Nicholis also produced disc one himself, while producer Paul McKercher handled the second disc. 

Short albums don’t always equate to a lazy band or a loss of quality in the music. Yes, The Vines have come a long way since the iPod riches from the overplayed Ride, which was released just over 10 years ago. For many, The Vines may have taken leaps out of the limelight, but they are able to maintain a consistency of the quality in their music with Wicked Nature, a record worth checking out.   

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