The Vaccines
What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?



by HelplessnessBlues USER (4 Reviews)
August 9th, 2011 | 10 replies

Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "It's alright if you wanna come back to me."

If itunes was a person, it would be the nice old lady who gives out way more candy than anybody else on the block. While checking out the new Strokes album, itunes graciously informed me that people who bought that album also bought What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?. Having listened to many albums, I am prone to listen to the album from start to finish a few times and then pick through and just listen to the songs I prefer over the others, but I have found myself in an impossible situation with this album. I just can't seem to find the songs that I like less than the others and want to skip over, so I find myself listening to the whole album, unable to skip a track.

The Vaccines formed in London in 2010 and What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? is their debut album, only gracing listener's ears a mere five months ago. In England, they were placed third on BBC's Sound of 2011 poll, clearly much bigger in their native UK than here stateside. Hopefully in the years to come, more people this side of the Atlantic will be able to recognize The Vaccines.

The Vaccines, I have come to find, are an extremely catchy band. I have found myself involuntarily whispering lyrics to myself, humming a beat from one of their songs, or tapping my foot, as if my body decided it liked What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? before I did. One has to also love music that has the power to sway even the most bigoted, stuck in their way music lovers. Playing this in my house has turned heads of my family who are not very musically open and tend to stick to what they love and not venture from it.

Having problems getting over your ex? Feel like life cannot and will not go on? Well, The Vaccines have got us covered: "have post-breakup sex that helps you forget your ex." Not bad advice Vaccines, not bad advice at all. Some people are better at moving on than others and those who are not really as skilled in such things may benefit from the advice of "Post Break-Up Sex," and just forget the person who it did not work out with and just plunge head first into what may well be something they will regret.

The vocals of this album are what make it shine. The lyrics are astoundingly catchy and will keep bringing you back for more and more. The lyrics seem to to sound like somebody who is brutally honest and does not care to sugar coat anything or beat around the bush, just one prime example from "If You Wanna" is "that's what all the friends I don't like as much as you say," because he does not care if other people hear him say that he likes them all much less than the object of his affection in the song.

If you are in need of a fix for a new band, look no further:you've found it. Fingers crossed that The Vaccines only improve with age and only get better and better as they release more music.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
August 9th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

constructive comments and criticisms always appreciated

August 9th 2011


break up the paragraphs first bro

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August 9th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

Going to see them in October!

I liked the album, but their strenghts are found in the fast songs. Norgaard is my fav

August 9th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

really like the album but cant see a 5

Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

Album's catchy as fuck, hopefully I'll be seeing them live before the year is out.

August 9th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

that would be pretty awesome

August 9th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

Wreckin' Bar is one of the best garage/punk songs this year

August 9th 2011


Saw them live opening for the Arctic Monkeys. They were good but this album is not a 5.

August 9th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

aw crap, i just realized i had this at a 5, it was supposed to be a 4 haha. il change it as soon as my computer lets me edit anything, when i try it freezes up

August 10th 2011


Okay album, but I can't see all the hype around it... but I guess that's what NME's best at...

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