#8: The Vines – Highly Evolved (2002)
Easily the briefest record on this list (and judging by the length of posts here recently, it would be an act of churlishness if I wasn’t keeping the words equally snappy), this is one and a half minutes of absolute joy. Poppy, punky – it means something very different here, but it’s what Australians would describe as full of spunk. Disorder and misfortune have followed Craig Nicholls and co around like lost puppies, a rampant catalogue of oh-dear and oopsie; this is a record that sticks two fingers up to all of that – an infectious slice of woo, yay and hoopla – and whilst I can’t force you to smile when you hit the play button, a failure to do so will tell me you’re not human.
The Vines / Highly Evolved