Vision Valley

User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45

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  1. What?
    Apr 6, 2006
    4
    I'm not sure what Drew B is talking about, but Craig Nicholls was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, which is a neurological disorder similar to Autism - which is certainly not a fatal disorder. It might affect his social skills or other aspects of life, but as far as I have read, this isn't a fatal disease. So, as such, it doesn't really seem necessary to give this album I'm not sure what Drew B is talking about, but Craig Nicholls was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, which is a neurological disorder similar to Autism - which is certainly not a fatal disorder. It might affect his social skills or other aspects of life, but as far as I have read, this isn't a fatal disease. So, as such, it doesn't really seem necessary to give this album high marks for this situation - it just isn't creative, or good, music. Expand
  2. Matt
    Apr 11, 2006
    5
    Garage rock without much punch. The best song is a ballad - "Take Me Back."
  3. Jul 4, 2012
    6
    A return to form after their dismal sophomore attempt, 'Vision Valley' sees Nichols doing what he does best - thrashing grunge pop and bafflingly impressive harmonics. Sure 'Anysound' and 'Gross Out' are nice little tantrums and remind us how they cut their teeth as a Nirvana cover band. But Nichols' real strength lies in the lush accoustic numbers that really showcase his fantasticA return to form after their dismal sophomore attempt, 'Vision Valley' sees Nichols doing what he does best - thrashing grunge pop and bafflingly impressive harmonics. Sure 'Anysound' and 'Gross Out' are nice little tantrums and remind us how they cut their teeth as a Nirvana cover band. But Nichols' real strength lies in the lush accoustic numbers that really showcase his fantastic voice and grasp of harmony. Title track 'Vision Valley' drips with the sweetness of sunshine pop, as does 'Spaceship' and 'Take Me Back'. 'Going Gone' almost represents a move forward for this band as Nichols' explores the emotional dark that extends beyond his usual glorious melancholy. Unfortunately The album as a whole feels inconsistent, 'Candy Daze' and 'Don't Listen to the Radio' are too sickly sweet for anyone to stomach and the remainder of tracks are overly-clean produced, poorly worded noise jams. Expand
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Possibly the best 31 garage-rock minutes you'll hear this year.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    [Nicholls'] feral, melodic garage punk is refreshing. [7 Apr 2006, p.60]
  3. One wishes they would spend a little more time plowing through the album while kicking amps and knocking over mic stands rather than changing things up.