Melodia (album)

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Melodia
Studio album by The Vines
Released 12 July 2008 (Australia)
Recorded Sunset Sound Hollywood, California, United States & Kingsize Sound Los Angeles between November 2007 - March 2008
Genre Alternative rock,[1] indie rock, garage rock revival, neo-psychedelia
Length 32:42
Label Ivy League
Producer Rob Schnapf
The Vines chronology
The Best of The Vines
(2008)
Melodia
(2008)
Future Primitive
(2011)
Singles from Melodia
  1. "He's a Rocker"
    Released: 3 June 2008
  2. "MerryGoRound (Australian radio promo-only)"
    Released: 21 July 2008
  3. "Get Out"
    Released: 29 September 2008

Melodia is the fourth studio album by Australian alternative rock band The Vines. The album was produced by Rob Schnapf, and subsequently released by Ivy League Records in Australia on 12 July 2008, and through retailer Insound, in the United States on 22 July 2008. The album peaked at #12 on the Australian ARIA Charts.

Background[edit]

Recording of the album was completed during the week of 3–10 March 2008, with a release occurring in July 2008. Originally thought to be called Braindead, the title of the album was confirmed via their MySpace website on 22 May 2008 to be Melodia and an official track listing was also announced. The band demoed 25 songs, only 14 of which made the final cut. This is The Vines' first album for record label Ivy League Records, after parting ways with EMI and Capitol Records in 2007. The band began recording in Los Angeles in November 2007 with producer Rob Schnapf, who has also worked on their albums Highly Evolved and Winning Days. The song "True as the Night" is the sequel to the song "Vision Valley", which appeared on the album of the same name.

The first single "He's a Rocker" was debuted officially at the 2008 MTV Awards in Australia, on 26 April, with airplay beginning on radio soon after. "He's a Rocker" was released through iTunes on 3 June, with two bonus tracks. "Blue Jam" being a rough early version of "Jamola" with "Hey Now" being an exclusive non-album song.

A limited number of signed copies of the album were made available for online pre-order on 23 June in Australia, whilst Melodia was sold on CD exclusively in the United States by Insound, from 22 July.[2] Orders online through Insound received a free MP3 of the song "Make Believe".

Melodia had its UK physical release on 6 October 2008. The second single from the album is "Get Out".

"Get Out" is part of the soundtrack played during the video game Midnight Club: Los Angeles.

In comparison to their previous albums, it has received mixed reviews from critics, a situation that has recurred with every album released since Winning Days.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 44/100 [3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound 2/10 stars[5]
Hot Press (unfavorable)[6]
Mojo 2/5 stars[3]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[7]
NME (4/10)[8]
PopMatters 4/10 stars[9]
Spin 6/10 stars[10]
Q 3/5 stars[3]
Uncut 2/5 stars[3]
laut 3/5 stars[11]

Initial critical response to Melodia was average. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 44, based on 10 reviews.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Craig Nicholls

No. Title Length
1. "Get Out"   2:10
2. "Manger"   2:02
3. "A.S. III"   1:53
4. "He's a Rocker"   1:57
5. "Orange Amber"   2:01
6. "Jamola"   0:59
7. "True as the Night"   6:07
8. "Braindead"   2:26
9. "Kara Jayne"   2:07
10. "MerryGoRound"   2:12
11. "Hey"   1:33
12. "A Girl I Knew"   2:19
13. "Scream"   2:00
14. "She Is Gone"   2:52

B-Sides and Bonus Tracks[edit]

Song Length Source
Blue Jam 1:05 He's a Rocker EP
Hey Now 1:20 He's a Rocker EP
Make Believe 1:25 Insound Preorder / iTunes bonus track

Charts[edit]

Charts (2008) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 12

Personnel[edit]

  • Craig Nicholls – vocals, guitars, album cover with Love Police
  • Ryan Griffiths – guitars, backing vocals
  • Hamish Rosser – drums, percussion
  • Brad Heald – bass, backing vocals
  • Rob Schnapf - production, mixing, 12 string guitar on "Orange Amber" and acoustic guitar on "A.S. III"
  • Doug Boehm - recording, mixing
  • Graham Hope - assistant recording
  • Dave Bowling - assistant recording
  • Jason Gossman - assistant mixing
  • Clint Welander - assistant mixing
  • John Oreshnick - drum tuning / drum set
  • Jason Borger - string arrangement ("True as the Night")
  • Daphne Chen - violin
  • Amy Wickman - violin
  • Stirling Trent - violin
  • Matt Fish - cello
  • Love Police - album sleeve / artwork

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Record label
Australia[12] 12 July 2008
United Kingdom[13] 14 July 2008 HMV
6 October 2008
New Zealand 15 July 2008
United States[2] 22 July 2008 Insound

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Melodia". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  2. ^ a b "The Vines' Melodia is Out on July 22". Insound.com. Retrieved 25 June 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Critic Reviews for Melodia". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Leahey, Andrew. The Vines: Melodia > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-06.
  5. ^ Edwards, Tom (19 September 2008). "The Vines: Melodia". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  6. ^ McFee, Edwin (22 October 2008). "Melodia review". Hot Press. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  7. ^ Harper, Jamie. "The Vines - Melodia". musicOMH. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  8. ^ Nicolson, Barry (8 August 2008). "The Vines: Melodia". NME (IPC Media). ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  9. ^ Haag, Stephen (7 April 2009). "The Vines: Melodia". PopMatters. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  10. ^ Wood, Mikael. "The Vines: 'Melodia'". Spin. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  11. ^ Klaus, Thomas (17 October 2008). "The Vines: Melodia". laut. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  12. ^ MTV AA 2008 Red Carpet. MTV Australia. Retrieved 26 April 2008. video removed
  13. ^ StefanieNicholls. "The Vines Message Board". Retrieved 25 June 2008.