our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
the Second Coming, But A Good Second Album
The successful debut
album was much easier. There were no expectations, no media established
levels of success, no MTV executed image and persona, just a band
playing their honest, raw music. The successful follow-up album,
however, is perhaps the most difficult pinnacle of artistic achievement
a band can attain. It has been the end of many young bands who
faltered trying to live up to previous success. The record execs.
want to capitalize on the 1st album while its still fresh, the
industry wants to test the band for legend status, and most difficult
of all, the fans expect the same music as before, but better.
Days, The Vines make their run at avoiding the downward spiral
toward obscurity. The band manages to avoid the depths of artistic
irrelevance but may have fallen short of securing their legacy.
Winning Days finds the band experimenting with the boundaries
of their own creativity and range, with variable success. The
album delivers enough successful tracks to overcome its lackluster
attempts and keep on par with their over-the-top debut Highly
Tracks like current
radio hit “Ride” carry the familiar ravaging rock
sounds and craggy vocals. The album makes an attempt at Beatle-like
ethereal sounds, with some success; “TV Pro” is a
solid composition of march beats and guitars, and with some failures;
such as the meandering “Autmn Shade”. The band even
gets adventurous by melding the two sounds successfully on “Evil
Its not worth
exploring why certain tracks miss they mark, any listener will
easily pick them out. The album as a whole fluidly tells the story
of a band exploring new directions, finding their creativity and
artistic range, and even making some good music in the process.
liked Winning Days...
2. Animal Machine
3. T.V. Pro
4. Autumn Shade II
5. Evin Town
6. Winning Days
7. She's Got Something to Say to Me