Vision Valley

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Vision Valley
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Studio album by The Vines
Released 1 April 2006
Recorded July–November 2005, BJB Studios, Sydney, Australia
Genre Alternative rock, garage rock revival, indie rock, grunge
Length 31:29
Label EMI, Capitol
Producer Wayne Connolly, The Vines
The Vines chronology
Winning Days
Vision Valley
The Best of The Vines
Singles from Vision Valley
  1. "Gross Out"
    Released: March 2006 (radio promo)
  2. "Don't Listen to the Radio"
    Released: 10 April 2006
  3. "Anysound"
    Released: 19 August 2006
  4. "Dope Train"
    Released: April 2007 (video promo)

Vision Valley is the third studio album by Australian rock band The Vines. It was released on 1 April 2006 through EMI Records. It is the band's first album without bass guitarist Patrick Matthews who left the band in 2004.

Recording and mixing[edit]

Vision Valley was recorded at Electric Avenue, Velvet Sound, Big Jesus Burger, and NikiNali studios in Sydney, Australia. It was mixed at Velvet Sound and Electric Avenue and it was assisted by Veit Mahler, Jason Lea. At Velvet Sound, it was assisted by Dan Clinch and Anthony The and by Peter Farley and Jodie Wallance at BJB. Vision Valley was mastered by Don Bartley at Studio 301 in Sydney, Australia.


In the United States, the album debuted at No. 136 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 7,839 units. Both "Anysound" and "Spaceship" appeared in season 3 of The O.C. in episodes 21 and 24 respectively.

This album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Billboard 3/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
NME 7/10[6]
Pitchfork 3.4/10[7]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 1/5 stars[9]
Uncut 4/5 stars[10]

The album received generally positive reviews from many critics. Music publications such as Q and NME respectively gave the album 4/5 stars and 7/10. Q had Vision Valley at number 69 in their Albums of 2006 Poll, dubbing the songs "superior grunge anthems".[citation needed] Entertainment Weekly gave the album a positive review and wrote "[Nicholls'] feral, melodic garage punk is refreshing".[4]

In their negative review, Pitchfork wrote "what the Vines offer on their third album is permutations and refinements on what they've been doing since whenever. On the stupid loud songs, Craig Nicholls sounds like a bored Kurt Cobain. On the stupid slow songs, Craig Nicholls sounds like a bored Liam Gallagher (which is pretty impressive, given Gallagher's innate inertia)", though that "there's nothing musically offputting about this record, unless relentless mediocrity in the three-chord arts is a capital crime."[7] Slant Magazine wrote "The Vines ultimately come off as nothing more than a proficient Nirvana cover band, lacking a perspective of their own or a voice that really demands attention."[9] PopMatters wrote "The Vines are polished so shiny by Capitol on their new record you can see yourself in the reflective, glossy black of the CD booklet" and called the album "a straight-ahead album of short, disposable garage-rock."[11] Drowned in Sound wrote "It is rare to stumble across a record that passes through the air as plainly and unobtrusively as this."[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Craig Nicholls.

No. Title Length
1. "Anysound" 1:55
2. "Nothin's Comin'" 2:00
3. "Candy Daze" 1:40
4. "Vision Valley" 2:42
5. "Don't Listen to the Radio" 2:10
6. "Gross Out" 1:18
7. "Take Me Back" 2:42
8. "Going Gone" 2:44
9. "Fuk Yeh" 1:58
10. "Futuretarded" 1:47
11. "Dope Train" 2:36
12. "Atmos" 1:50
13. "Spaceship" 6:07

Limited Edition DVD[edit]

  1. "Highly Evolved"
  2. "Get Free"
  3. "Outtathaway"
  4. "Homesick"
  5. "Ride"
  6. "Winning Days"
  7. "Gross Out"
  8. "Studio Walkthrough with Wayne Connolly"


  • Craig Nicholls – vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass guitar on "Futuretarded"
  • Ryan Griffiths – guitars, keys, percussion, backing vocals
  • Hamish Rosser – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Andy Kent (You Am I) – bass guitar
  • Tim Kevin (La Huva) – special arrangements, piano, organ
  • Nic Daltonelectric mandolin
  • Amanda Brown – violin
  • Rowan Smith – violin
  • Sophie Glasson – cello


  • Wayne Connolly – production, recording, mixing
  • Dan Clinch – additional engineering
  • Anthony The – additional engineering
  • Veit Mahler – additional engineering


Charts (2006) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 14[citation needed]
UK Albums Chart 71[citation needed]
US Billboard 200 136 [13]


  1. ^ a b "The Vines: Vision Valley". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Heather Phares. "Vision Valley". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Blender. Alpha Media: 110. May 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  4. ^ a b Will Hermes (3 April 2006). "Vision Valley (2006)". Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Caroline Sullivan (31 March 2006). "The Vines, Vision Valley". Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Mike Sterry (7 April 2006). "The Vines: Vision Valley". Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b David Raposa (2 April 2006). "The Vines: Vision Valley". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Hiatt, Brian (5 April 2006). "The Vines: Vision Valley : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 13 May 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Jonathan Keefe (11 April 2006). "The Vines: Vision Valley". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Uncut. IPC Media: 128. May 2006. ISSN 1368-0722.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Dan Raper (12 April 2006). "The Vines: Vision Valley". PopMatters. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Raziq Rauf (10 April 2006). "The Vines: Vision Valley". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Vines - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 

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