Vine - This Is Milk

Sunday 1st February 1998
Vine - This Is Milk

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

The sleevenotes say, "In the 1960s, America experienced a revolution based on self gratification. This revolution resulted in the breakdown of morals and good judgment in out society. Now. some 30 years later, we feel people have finally become tired of believing nothing. Welcome to the Spiritual Revolution." No doubt then where this band are coming from! Vine present a bunch of songs mainly penned by sensational guitarist Daron Maeke whose playing energises this whole album and vocalist Mike Roberts who sometimes breathes a passionate Crash Test Dummies style kick into this. Standouts to these ears are "Slow Jam" with its eschatological warnings. "Jordan" with its celebratory picture of salvation and galloping acoustic flavourings and the opening cut "Harvest" which is a moody pointer to the spontaneous nature of the spiritual revolution Vine are advocating. It's so fired with passion that it's impossible not to be drawn into this album from the start. The only weakness is that towards the end some of this starts to sound a little samey. Shame really because there is much to enjoy here, plenty of talent but Vine struggle to sustain it. There's even an inspirational power packed hidden track which re-energises the album at its close and is worth holding out for!

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