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Hamish Rosser’s performance on Melodia is all about bringing the roots of the Vines to fruition, which he does with triumphant glee.

Hamish Rosser’s performance on Melodia is all about bringing the roots of the Vines to fruition, which he does with triumphant glee. Where all the song needs is a few seconds of laid-back Ringoisms, as on “Kara Jayne,” that’s what he does. When he has to punctuate these quainter moments with sudden explosions of rhythm, as on “Merrygoround,” that’s no problem either. And on songs that center fundamentally on the drums, Rosser steps up with a vengeance. Throughout “Manger” he maintains a tom-based pattern reminiscent of Bonham on “Immigrant Song,” whose paradoxical effect is to drive the group while also lulling the listener into thinking that nothing much will change. But then, right at the end, as Craig Nicholls unleashes one of his throat-shred screams, Rosser rams into a four-beat cymbal smash and pounding backbeat. It’s so unexpected, and so powerful, that it’s almost scary — yet it brings the song home rather than derail it from its path. Rock drumming doesn’t get much stronger than that.

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