Highly Evolved

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Highly Evolved
Studio album by The Vines
Released 14 July 2002
Recorded July 2001–February 2002 at The Sound Factory, Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative rock, grunge, garage rock
Length 43:35
Label Capitol
Producer Rob Schnapf
The Vines chronology
College EP
(2002)
Highly Evolved
(2002)
Winning Days
(2004)
Singles from Highly Evolved
  1. "Highly Evolved"
    Released: 22 April 2002
  2. "Get Free"
    Released: 17 June 2002
  3. "Outtathaway!"
    Released: 18 November 2002
  4. "Homesick"
    Released: 12 May 2003
Alternate cover
First American pressing
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100 [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[4]
Drowned in Sound 10/10 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly C[6]
NME 9/10[7]
Pitchfork 4.1/10[8]
PopMatters very favourable[9]
Q 4/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[11]
laut 4/5 stars[12]

Highly Evolved is the debut studio album by Australian alternative rock band The Vines. It was released on 14 July 2002 on Capitol Records. Produced by Rob Schnapf, Highly Evolved was an immensely popular debut, part of a trend towards garage rock revival bands known as much for the relentless hype from the UK music press as for their music; The Vines were frequently compared to Nirvana. The debut single, "Highly Evolved", was chosen as Single of the Week by influential British music magazine NME. The magazine also voted it the 2nd best album of the year in 2002. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In October 2010, it was listed in the book 100 Best Australian Albums.

Recording and mastering[edit]

Highly Evolved was recorded and mixed at Sound Factory and Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, California. It was recorded between July 2001 and February 2002. The recording was assisted by Craig Conrad, Kevin Dean and Nathan Burden.

"Get Free" was mixed at Enterprise 1, Burbank, California and was assisted by Brian Douglass.

"In the Jungle" was recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders and Sound Factory, and it was assisted by Kevin Dean and Craig Conrad respectively.

Highly Evolved was mastered at Sterling Sound, New York City by Ted Jensen.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Craig Nicholls, except for "1969", by Craig Nicholls and Dave Olliffe.

No. Title Length
1. "Highly Evolved"   1:35
2. "Autumn Shade"   2:17
3. "Outtathaway"   3:02
4. "Sunshinin"   2:43
5. "Homesick"   4:53
6. "Get Free"   1:59
7. "Country Yard"   3:46
8. "Factory"   3:12
9. "In the Jungle"   4:15
10. "Mary Jane"   5:52
11. "Ain't No Room"   3:28
12. "1969"   6:27

Personnel[edit]

Performance
  • Craig Nicholls – vocals, guitar, percussion, piano ("Homesick") and cover painting
  • Patrick Matthews – organ ("Autumn Shade" and "In the Jungle"), bass guitar, piano ("Mary Jane", "Autumn Shade" and "Factory")
  • Dave Oliffe – drums on "Highly Evolved", "Autumn Shade", "Outtathaway", "Sunshinin'", "Homesick" (outro only), "Country Yard", "Mary Jane" and "1969"
  • Victor Indrizzo – drums on "In the Jungle"
  • Joey Waronker – drums on "Get Free"
  • Pete Thomas – drums on "Factory", "Ain't No Room" and "Homesick" (excerpt)
  • Roger Joseph Manning Jr.keyboards ("Highly Evolved", "Outtathaway", "Sunshinin'" and "Autumn Shade")
Production
  • Kevin Dean – production assistant
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Ethan Johns – additional percussion ("Get Free", "Autumn Shade", "Factory" and "Sunshinin'")
  • Rob Schnapf – additional guitars ("County Yard", "Homesick", "Ain't No Room" and "Factory"), production and mixing
  • Andrew Slater – executive production
  • Justin Stanley – production ("In the Jungle")
  • Andy Wallace – mixing ("Get Free")
  • Doug Boehmengineering
  • Steven Rhodes – additional percussion ("Get Free", "Autumn Shade", "Factory" and "Sunshinin'") and additional engineering
  • Tony Rambo – engineering ("In the Jungle")
  • Craig Conrad – production assistant

Charts[edit]

Charts (2002) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 5
Billboard 200 11
Top Internet Albums 11[2]
UK Albums Chart 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Critic Reviews for Highly Evolved". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Highly Evolved - The Vines : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Blender (8): 126. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: The Vines". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Sykes, Tom (8 July 2002). "The Vines: Highly Evolved". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Brian M. Raftery; Rob Brunner (19 July 2002). "Highly Evolved Review". EW.com. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Fox, Jason (2 July 2002). "Vines: Highly Evolved". NME (IPC Media). ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Dahlen, Chris (29 June 2002). "The Vines: Highly Evolved". Pitchfork. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Garrett, Jon (28 June 2002). "The Vines: Highly Evolved". PopMatters. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Q (July 2002): 121. 
  11. ^ Hoard, Christian (2 July 2002). "The Vines: Highly Evolved: Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 13 May 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Butscher, Vicky (16 July 2002). "The Vines: Highly Evolved". laut. Retrieved 2012-12-17.