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Finelines/Between the Lines

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  • Audio CD (29 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Infectious
  • ASIN: B000069DRP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Alpha Waves
2. Always: Your Way
3. The Gentle Art of Choking
4. Kohlstream
5. Cemented Shoes
6. Grounded
7. C.O.R.
8. Infantile
9. Ode to the Red Queen
10. Tongue Tied
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Deadlines
2. Wait a Minute
3. Windows & Walls
4. Safety Zones & Crumple Zones
5. Vapour Trails
6. Taprobane & Losing Touch (acoustic session)
7. Oh Father
8. Spotlights
9. Moodswings
10. Game of Pricks
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

Finelines has been reissued in 2002 as a new US mix edition, enhanced with the videos for "Always: Your Way" and "Pieces". Moreover, it now includes Between the Lines, a bonus second CD of rarities, b-sides, live recordings and new tracks.

Hailing from the same University Of London digs as Coldplay, and reaching for the mantle of Yank-inflected indie-rock when nu-metal is in the ascendancy, youthful Brit-rock four-piece My Vitriol should really have found this debut album business a bit of an uphill struggle. Somewhat surprisingly, though, they've delivered the goods; at its best, Finelines suggests the dynamic scissor-kick choruses and sleek power-pop of the Foo Fighters, as envisaged through the effects pedals of My Bloody Valentine sound-alchemist Kevin Shields--the spirit of shoegazing spiked with guts, adrenaline and adolescent fantasies of towering walls of noise. Thankfully, too, this is far more substantial than many debut albums; more than just a smattering of hit singles amid a sea of filler, Finelines is pieced together by slick segues and thoughtful sequencing. Even the effortlessly pop moments, such as roller-coaster-grunge peaks "Always: Your Way" and "Losing Touch", don't show up the occasional mellow forays into creeping-feedback guitar ambience. Any criticisms? Only that the reedy vocals of frontman Som Wardner lack a certain soul, making the actual emotional viscera of Finelines a little indirect. Still, on the basis of this fine debut, there's no reason why My Vitriol couldn't be serious "Voice of a Generation" contenders. --Louis Pattison

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "vexvitriol" on 30 Aug. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was not warned when buying Finelines/Between the Lines, sticking it into my cd player and pressing PLAY. It's an amazing album packed with anthems; Always: Your Way, Grounded, Losing Touch, Pieces, Falling Off The Floor, Cemented Shoes and the musical introduction that is Alpha Waves. And that's only the remix of Finelines. When you move onto Between the Lines, more anthemic, powerful, angst-ridden lyrics sung excrutiatingly well by Som Wardner. There are a lot of instrumental parts to these two records; either delicate pieces of fine art, or dirty guitar riffs. Take All Of Me and their single, Moodswings for example. No one in their right mind would have put these songs on the same album, but MV have pulled it off. Madonna's Oh Father has been covered (pure genius), alongside with the songs that didn't quite make debut album material, Static, Breakfast, Another lie to name a mere few.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donyo on 15 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I originally wrote and posted this review over a year ago, but it never materialized! Oh well, let's try again.
When this double album came out over the summer of 2002, many of the die-hard My Vitriol fans complained to no end about the band rehashing old material instead of releasing a new album already. I mean, like, it's been a whole year since Finelines came out! What the complainers probably forget is that 2-3 years is the standard now between new albums, unless your name is Rivers Cuomo. While the fanatic types may already own all of the CD-singles and maybe even the US import of Finelines, the other 99.9% of the population does not. Hence this is an excellent release to fill the gap between new material. The band have a ridiculous number of b-sides for one album's worth of singles, and it only makes sense to compile them together this soon in the game. About half the songs on Between The Lines further expose My Vitriol's softer side, of which only glimpses are seen on the debut album. The original material is just as strong as the covers are (of which 'Oh Father' and 'Game of Pricks' may actually be better than the originals.) The extra copy of Finelines included with this release may seem like no more than a sales gimmick at first, but believe me, there was a very good reason for re-releasing this album in the UK. The idea of releasing a remixed album for the US audience has backfired for certain artists in the past, but My Vitriol have been able to pull it off here. Only a few of the songs were noticeably remixed (a couple of those appear to use different vocal tracks as well), but the improvement is immediately noticeable. 'Always: Your Way' turns up the volume to transform it from a good single into an absolute knockout.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Puzzler on 22 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is by far one of the greatest yet highly under-rated albums to kick off the 21st century. I cannot find one track on the album that I dislike in any way, shape or form as it is quite simply amazing! Grunge and indie music make a magical combination set in stone so brilliantly by My Vitriol. A MUST HAVE BUY!!! ... If only they would hurry up and make another album soon!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Worrall on 18 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Every now and again there is an amazingly talented band with stunning songs that release a few singles and an album and then disappear. How these bands fail to reach rock stardom is one of life's unsolved mysteries that puzzle me every day. My Vitriol are one of those bands, and if you love alt rock, then you will love this band. I don't know of a single person who doesn't like this band and there is a good reason for that - this band rock! Every track is a piece of grungey-rock brilliance laced with pop hooks that will ensure you will return to this album over and over.
The drums almost demand you make an idiot of yourself pretending you're playing them, the guitars soaked in effects are inventive and original, and what a guitar sound this album has, it's massive. The vocals suit the band perfectly and are happily unpredictable, with gorgeous harmonies, and the lyrics are brilliantly written whilst retaining something cryptic and not so regular in their meaning. Tracks are thoughtfully linked with short instrumentals - hell even the artwork is great! The inclusion of the extra disc makes this incredible value - in short, if you don't own this album, buy it now, you won't regret it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Well worth buying if u can get hold of a copy. Finelines is one of those albums that you just cant skip a track. The instrumental parts, especially tongue tied, are pure audio pleasure and the last track is the best end to an album I've ever experienced. If you play guitar you'll want to get yourself a capo and the tabs for the songs, and if you play drums, pump up the volume, i guarentee that you'll enjoy playing along, not that just listening to the album is stimulating enough, especially when played in order.
My five favourite songs from the album:
Always; your way
The gentle art of choking
Tongue tied
Between the lines; the b-sides are just typical b-sides but is worth getting as it is nicley broken up by the live tracks and the live version of the highly recognisable always; your way as well as the single moodswings.
I cant decide who My Vitriol sound like and i suppose thats quite a good thing. Forgive me in srtuggling and saying that maybe that they are in between Ash and Sparta?!?! but describing their specific style is quite challenging
I recommended this album to anyone with an interest in this kind of music and i certainly enjoy it
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