Vaccines - Come of Age (3 stars)

This article is from 2012.

Vaccines - Come of Age

Anthemic guitar-laden indie-pop lacks passion and originality

It’s hard to reconcile the fact that this record sounds more constructed than an Ikea bookcase with its compelling charms as a pop album. If however, you’re looking for a bit of guitar-laden indie-pop with a certain anthemic quality, it’s unlikely to let you down.

The Vaccines have stepped up from their debut, with the Strokes-aping ‘No Hope’ (featuring some prime youthful narcissism in the lyric ‘I don’t care about anybody else / when I don’t have my own life figured out’), the ‘Telstar’ whine of ‘I Always Knew’, the La’s holler of ‘All in Vain’ and the moody rockabilly of ‘Ghost Town’ all hitting various spots. If you want to hear passion and an unconquerable desire to say something in a whole new way, on the other hand, then listen elsewhere.

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