Highly Evolved

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Highly Evolved
TheVines HighlyEvolved.jpg
Studio album by
Released14 July 2002
RecordedJuly 2001–February 2002
StudioThe Sound Factory, Hollywood, California
GenreAlternative rock, garage punk, post-punk revival, post-grunge, neo-psychedelia
Wicked Nature Music
ProducerRob Schnapf
The Vines chronology
College EP
Highly Evolved
Winning Days
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
First American pressing
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Blender4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyC[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[6]
Q4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[10]
Uncut4/5 stars[11]

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, known for his collaboration with Tom Rothrock on Elliott Smith's albums Either/Or, XO, and Figure 8, 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.[12] 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.[2]

Track listing[edit]

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

1."Highly Evolved"1:35
2."Autumn Shade"2:17
6."Get Free"1:59
7."Country Yard"3:46
9."In the Jungle"4:15
10."Mary Jane"5:52
11."Ain't No Room"3:28


  • 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 Olliffe – 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")
  • 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 Conard – production assistant


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


  1. ^ "Reviews for Highly Evolved by The Vines". Metacritic. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Phares, Heather. "Highly Evolved – The Vines". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  3. ^ Harris, John (August 2002). "The Vines: Highly Evolved". Blender (8): 126. Archived from the original on 11 August 2004. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  4. ^ Raftery, Brian M.; Brunner, Rob (19 July 2002). "Highly Evolved". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  5. ^ Petridis, Alexis (5 July 2002). "Believe the hype". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  6. ^ Nichols, Natalie (14 July 2002). "The Vines 'Highly Evolved' Capitol". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  7. ^ Fox, Jason (2 July 2002). "Vines: Highly Evolved". NME. ISSN 0028-6362. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  8. ^ Dahlen, Chris (29 June 2002). "The Vines: Highly Evolved". Pitchfork. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  9. ^ "The Vines: Highly Evolved". Q (192): 121. July 2002.
  10. ^ Hoard, Christian (2 July 2002). "The Vines: Highly Evolved". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 13 May 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  11. ^ "The Vines: Highly Evolved". Uncut (63): 116. August 2002.
  12. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.