Winning Days

  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Mar 23, 2004
Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. I don't consider them rock saviors, but is it asking too much of a band to show a little musical growth?
  2. The A.V. Club
    50
    The album's midsection--in other words, just about everything between the first song and the last song--sags under the weight of midtempo, middle-of-the-road throwaways. [31 Mar 2004]
  3. As unremarkable and average a comeback as humanly possible.
  4. Ultimately, ‘Winning Days’ is an highly frustrating listen.
  5. Winning Days is still more interesting than any album by obvious progenitors Oasis because the good parts come up at the most random moments--spontaneous solo here, appealing harmony there.
  6. There seems to be a hollowness, a lack of soul, an empty Big Mac carton where this album's heart should be.
  7. Uncut
    40
    It's hard to fight the feeling this is average songwriting buffed into something near-palatable by the amount of money spent on it. [Apr 2004, p.101]
  8. Mojo
    40
    The Vines are mostly surface and scratch, a vessel of strangely useless beauty. [Apr 2004, p.114]
  9. Accomplished and full of bluster but ontologically completely hollow; this is The Vines.
  10. [They've] hit difficult-third-album syndrome one album early.
  11. Q Magazine
    40
    About as personality-free as rock music gets. [Apr 2004, p.115]
  12. The disc's highlight, "TV Pro," ably blends the band's two moods and adds some promise to an otherwise bland and vacant offering.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 41
  2. Negative: 5 out of 41
  1. Feb 5, 2013
    10
    A nostalgic, magical album. This is how music should be. This album is absolutely beautiful. I hear influences from The Beach Boys, TheA nostalgic, magical album. This is how music should be. This album is absolutely beautiful. I hear influences from The Beach Boys, The Beatles and Nirvana. beautiful. Full Review »
  2. Jun 7, 2011
    8
    One of the most underrated rock albums of the generation, Winning Days should have been the record that installed The Vines as one theOne of the most underrated rock albums of the generation, Winning Days should have been the record that installed The Vines as one the definitive rock bands of the 2000's.

    Sadly the victim of unfounded press backlash, The Vines suffered at the very hands of those who had fostered the hype surrounding their debut effort "Highly Evolved".

    Admittedly, Winning Days never reaches the level of brilliance seen in Highly Evolved (tracks like "Evil Town" are bordering on abysmal) but it is still an outstanding album in its own right - featuring sweet melodic perfection in softer tracks like "Rainfall", "Amnesia" and "Sun Child". The title track "Winning Days" finishes with an uplifting flourish unmatched by any of their previous recordings, and songs like "Animal Machine" and the crowd (and advertising) favourite "Ride" retain the high energy rock edge that gave The Vines their initial reputation, lending themselves brilliantly to live performance.

    The problem I saw with this album's initial reception, is that most media critics were looking for an album stacked with 12 versions of Get Free, Outtathaway and Ride - often describing Winning Days as "bland". In this ignorant and oblivious process, they missed out on the genius within this album of melodic accomplishment.

    A great album overall.
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  3. YanG.
    Apr 29, 2008
    9
    Winning Days is The Vines best album- it has both slow, quiet and lyrical songs like Winning Days or Amnesia and fast rythemed rock songs Winning Days is The Vines best album- it has both slow, quiet and lyrical songs like Winning Days or Amnesia and fast rythemed rock songs like Ride or Animal Machine, both of them are familiar to every ear. All in all, this album presents us with 40 minutes of good music for all moods. Highly recommended. Full Review »