The Vaccines
Come of Age


3.5
great

Review

by Joseph Viney STAFF
September 17th, 2012 | 15 replies | 3,590 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hair in funny places

Maybe it’s old age setting in but a lot of these bands that make up the herd lack distinctive qualities. Foals have that guy that does the thing, The Drums with that fella with the hair (you know him, right?) and The Vaccines, well…let me tell you about The Vaccines…

According to their Wik…no, forget that. The point is that some of these bands can pass you by and so arguably those who straddle that dark pit between full recognition and total obscurity need to craft something special to get noticed. As luck would have it, The Vaccines appear to have done just that. After becoming victims of their own hype with a patchy and underwhelming debut album, the long road back into the public’s good graces may well have been traversed with ease.

Come Of Age exceeds the expectations granted by its title and instead shows that the group are already wise beyond their years. Opening couplet “I could bore you with the truth about an uneventful youth/or you could get that rap from someone else” is a prime example of the self-awareness and comfort in their own abilities that permeates the whole album. The tried-and-tested method of upbeat music underpinned by bittersweet, sarcastic lyrics is put to good use here and elsewhere. “Teenage Icon” utilises such tricks of the trade with aplomb. Belying their relative youth with a reference to Frankie Avalon, the chorus of “Teenage Icon” acts as an ode to the downside of hype. The Vaccines might have had the future of British guitar music planted onto their shoulders by a typically rabid press pack but it’s an honour they refuse with witty self-deprecation; vocalist Justin Young waving away the plaudits via the assertion that he is “so ordinary, no mystery with great capabilities.” It’s a fine dose of realism from an industry that can rely on messianic reverence when needs be.

The Vaccines provide two stellar moments on Come Of Age; the shanty-like, knockabout fun of “Ghost Town” with its scuzzy guitar-led chorus and “Aftershave Ocean”, which rocks and sways like a trip across the waves. The latter in particular is a hit in the making. Its music remains expansive enough for Freddie Cowan’s guitar playing to take the lead and support Young’s vocal melody. The only real downsides are “Weirdo”, which flat-out refuses to pick itself up off the floor, and “Lonely World” which conspires to undo all of the good work that precedes it.

Cynics will deem this album and The Vaccines themselves as “landfill indie.” The wider implications of that argument can be agreed with, but at least you’re out in the open in a landfill site. Far better than being obsolete.



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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2012



23642 Comments


ive been seeing ads for this everywhere but i dont think id like it. good review as always viney.

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2012



7234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent review as ever, always enjoy reading your stuff. My only gripe is this...

"After becoming victims of their own hype with a patchy and underwhelming debut album, the long road back into the public’s good graces may well have been traversed with ease."

Obviously you're entitled to your own opinion regrading their debut (I mostly agree, as it happens), but I think you've misread the public mood a little. It was regarded as one of the best albums of last year in certain quarters, and it certainly went down a storm with the masses. If anything I think the aim of this release was to maintain their momentum rather than kick start it.

I found this record to be really average on first listen, but it has grown on me quite a bit since.


DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2012



20818 Comments


Is "The Herd" some kind of clique of English indie-rock bands? :-)

And I think 'Spanish Sahara' may have differentiated Foals from the pack, if 'Cassius' didn't do so right from the start.

Knott-
Emeritus
September 17th 2012



10194 Comments


So If You Wanna was like the best song ever

and then I listened to No Hope and thought hey maybe this band have some ideas

then i listened to the second track and decided nope they don't

bottom line = people need to stop listening to really underwhelming skinny jeans bands just because they're from britain

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2012



23642 Comments


"people need to stop listening to really underwhelming skinny jeans bands just because they're from britain"

123 four five six seven etc.

barcafan21
September 17th 2012



1805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

comparison to the debut?

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2012



4337 Comments


I've heard nothing but good things about their debut, and I've heard this one is good as well. I have yet to check out either one, but theyve gotten really popular in England.

jackalope11
September 18th 2012



330 Comments


Great review. Didn't like their debut that much as a whole, maybe I'll check this one out.

Sleaper
September 18th 2012



3135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cant believe u dont like weirdo... such a fucking sick song

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WhiteNoise
September 18th 2012



2877 Comments


I just can't get into this as much as the first record even though it pretty much sounds the same. I do like that they've ditched all the reverb though.

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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2012



6248 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah it's a great record.

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IfYouRun
September 18th 2012



290 Comments


Their debut was great, just has WAY too much reverb. This album is good but personally I prefer their debut. They're getting huge here, and are headlining massive arenas already.

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
September 19th 2012



1477 Comments


Not bad so far. Not as fun as their debut, though IMO.

Lenix
September 21st 2012



793 Comments


it's kinda cool

ComeBiteTheApple100
January 13th 2013



98 Comments


Vaccines - 3.5
Slash - 1.5

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