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. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    [Nicholls'] feral, melodic garage punk is refreshing. [7 Apr 2006, p.60]
  2. The band's recovery on Vision Valley is nothing short of remarkable.
  3. Spin
    83
    Rocks with a woozy pothead-punk swagger. [May 2006, p.91]
  4. Possibly the best 31 garage-rock minutes you'll hear this year.
  5. Uncut
    80
    Confounds all expectations. [May 2006, p.128]
  6. Q Magazine
    80
    Nicholls has regained his muse in spectacular style. [May 2006, p.129]
  7. Filter
    80
    Gone is the blissed-out sunshine of earlier Vines releases, and instead rampant paranoia comes to the fore. [#20, p.91]
  8. 'Vision Valley' is the sound of a band with nothing more to lose, a super-condensed portrait of their career thus far.
  9. 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.
  10. Vision Valley doesn't really offer anything new or exciting.
  11. Vision Valley might be a little predictable, but at least the Vines sound like they're back in control of their lives and music again.
  12. Blender
    60
    A new, liberating vulnerability marks the more reflective songs. [May 2006, p.110]
  13. Some nice instrumentation, with mandolin and other strings makes for an odd juxtaposition with the stunningly inane lyrics.
  14. A certain emotional hollowness creeps in, from pretty but rote ballads like "Take Me Back" to Cobain-o-matic rockers like "Fuk Yeh."
  15. A knack for woozy melodies is one weapon at Nicholls' disposal; but here they're fatally undermined both by his petulant vocal style and by the rickety, paper-thin production.
  16. If this is The Vines’ vision then they have set their sights on something remarkably mundane.
  17. The album fails to make any impression other than utter mediocrity.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45
  1. Aug 28, 2014
    9
    Pretty good album. Nothing special, but for fans of their first & second albums this will probably please you. It should. If it doesn't I'llPretty good album. Nothing special, but for fans of their first & second albums this will probably please you. It should. If it doesn't I'll come to your house and stab you. Full Review »
  2. 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 andA 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. Full Review »
  3. SaraV
    Sep 17, 2006
    10
    Its a 10 because, Vision Valley its one of the best albums in this year