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Melodia is The Vines fourth studio album, produced by Rob Schnapf. It includes the hits "He's a Rocker", "Jamola" and "True as the Night"--the sequel to the song "Vision Valley".
In the opening scenes to Ben Stiller's great Tropic Thunder, fake trailers for Tugg Speedman's Scorcher VI movie let us know that the action hero is back again...again. With Melodia rock is back again or rather, like Tugg Speedman - it's back again... again. If you've heard The Vines, you'll probably know that they deal in a hybrid of 60s rock and 90s indie. Since their inception in McDonald's the band has moved away from backyard Nirvana covers to recording with Foo Fighters and Beck producer Rob Schnapf and, in 2003, going double platinum in their home country of Australia with their debut album, Highly Evolved.
While Braindead sounds like it could have come this 2 million-selling album the rest of Melodia is an explosion of form following in the footsteps of more melodic follow-up, Winning Days. Recorded again with Rob Schnapf in LA - this album veers through extremes of sound from happy- go-lucky pop to laconic, melodic vocals. He's A Rocker says it all, and A.S. III has a touch of the Oasis to it. As a whole, it swings from lilting lullaby (Kara Jayne) to dirge with Craig Nicholls coaxing some soothing melodies out of A Girl I Knew; which is the best thing about this crying-on-the-kitchen-floor hymn to abandonment. Fortunately there is an occurence of some Hives-like screaming and enough thrash to bring back the dead on the acurately titled Scream.
Ending well on the rip-roaring She Is Gone, Melodia should safely ensure that the band's fanbase will grow. It's in no way original, but it does the job very effectively. --Susie Goldring
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This album, and The Vines in general, have received somewhat negative reviews in the press due to their music having barely changed. In fact, Melodia sounds like the album 'Winning Days' should've been. Combining some of the non-conformist, off-beatness of Evolved but carrying some of the quick 2-minute, solid pop-rock of Valley. But that's not to say everything here is what's been heard before.
Whilst the above albums emphasised on continuous high charge rage fests, (and there is enough to mosh to in Melodia), the album really shines in the more sensitive songs. It's a given 'True as the Night' is the most heartfelt song the band have ever written, whilst Autumn Shade part 3 (A.S. III) being the superior song of the trilogy, and 'The Girl I knew' feeling more truthful and nostalgic than Mary Jane ever was.
Yes there is an under baked feel to some of the songs. When Vision Valley's 2-minute wonders felt acceptable, songs like 'Kara Jayne' here could've done with a bit more padding out or density. Never-the-less, even though Melodia's unlikely to be anyone's favourite, the album will by all means add a fair few more songs you'll love to listen to along with your past favourites. Yes, the album was waiting for.
Nothing wrong with any of the tracks on the album, but a bit less that is special compared to highly evolved. Having said that I can still leave the CD in the car and have it on repeat play for a while so it has somthing very good about it.
If you like highly evolved, then you will probably like this. If you don't like highly evolved but do like Green Day then you may still like this. Highly evolved to me was 4-4.5 stars, this is just the 4 stars.
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