Vision Valley

Music review by
Tony Hicks, Common Sense Media
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Bitter yet boring alt rock for older teens.

Parents say

age 13+
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

These guys are cynical and fairly hostile.

Violence

There's hostility, but no overt references to violence, unless you count the line "She spit in my face" on "Candy Daze."

Sex
Language

Sprinkled with f-bombs. One song is titled "Futuretarded," which actually has more to do with a gloomy outlook rather than developmental disabilities.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's a reference to taking acid in "Gross Out" and a "gettin' high" line in "Take Me Back." One song is called "Dope Train."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the CD has frequent strong profanity (one song being titled "F--k Yeah"). There are references to drugs and a line in the opening track "Anysound" that goes: "Kill me now, I'm dead."

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 10, 14, and 17 year old Written bySystemOfANintendo December 3, 2010

A little disappointing, but not as bad as the review said.

I loved Highly Evolved. It got me into The Vines. So when this album came out, I just had to get it. It's not terrible, but it didn't meet the high ex... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byfatcatmikez April 9, 2008

Awesome CD!

This is an awesome CD. I've played every song on it at least 35 times and it never stops getting worse. First of all, the language isn't that bad. Yes... Continue reading

What's the story?

The Vines is a guitar band with large doses of punk flavor. What they do isn't very complicated -- but unfortunately, it's not that great either. The band still sounds like they're trying to ape Nirvana to a certain extent, but mostly they just come across as angry. Much of that is legitimate, with singer Craig Nicholls' history of mental trouble. Still, parents may not appreciate watching their teens adopt the world-weary attitude apparent on VISION VALLEY. But it's that apathy and attitude that are likely to attract teen listeners; those who feel misunderstood will probably identify with the gloomy lyrics. The song \"Nothin's Comin'\" is pretty standard anti-society ranting, with lines like \"I feel your death,\" and references to being sick of the human race.

Is it any good?

Quality-wise, this CD doesn't come close to the Vines' 2002 debut, Highly Evolved. There's just not that much imagination here, musically or lyrically. Bottom line: This is bitter, cynical stuff, and nothing very groundbreaking or memorable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how these guys try to make it cool to seem bitter and jaded. Why do so many alternative rock bands feel the need to be cynical and angry?

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