11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This young London quartet plays rock 'n' roll with an excitement only a newer group still learning its turf can convincingly express. Smartly employing producer Ethan Johns—known for his ability to capture a band in a room without sacrificing tone—The Vaccines sound fresh and complete. The songwriting is basic and to the point, catching the beauty of simplicity in the vintage melody of "All in Vain" and enjoying the guitar-to-bass interplay for the pining "I Wish I Was a Girl." Come of Age works like an old-fashioned LP, opening with the high-energy, punk-influenced "No Hope" and finishing with the wistful sendoff "Lonely World." In between, the album unfolds like two equally paced sides, with the surf-western jungle-rock "Ghost Town" finishing off the first part and the endearing guitar weave of the power-pop "Aftershave Queen" kicking off the extended second half. Building on the raw energy of their debut, What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, Come of Age delivers progress and 11 reasons to love rock 'n' roll all over again.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This young London quartet plays rock 'n' roll with an excitement only a newer group still learning its turf can convincingly express. Smartly employing producer Ethan Johns—known for his ability to capture a band in a room without sacrificing tone—The Vaccines sound fresh and complete. The songwriting is basic and to the point, catching the beauty of simplicity in the vintage melody of "All in Vain" and enjoying the guitar-to-bass interplay for the pining "I Wish I Was a Girl." Come of Age works like an old-fashioned LP, opening with the high-energy, punk-influenced "No Hope" and finishing with the wistful sendoff "Lonely World." In between, the album unfolds like two equally paced sides, with the surf-western jungle-rock "Ghost Town" finishing off the first part and the endearing guitar weave of the power-pop "Aftershave Queen" kicking off the extended second half. Building on the raw energy of their debut, What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, Come of Age delivers progress and 11 reasons to love rock 'n' roll all over again.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
307 Ratings

307 Ratings

mickwoh ,

Just what I expected from the vaccines

Love it, been waiting a long time for this... For me the vaccines are the keeping music alive... Great album, great work, keep it coming... Mick w

Pleasehelpk ,

Disappointing

They have lost the thing that makes them different and to be frank it's nowhere near as good as the previous album

alyrogy ,

good but not great

it's a goodish album. their first was way better in my opinion, more energy, more hooks etc. here they're trying to show that they can write songs that go beyond using the same 3 chords and that last more than 2 mins. but then 2 minutes was all the vaccines needed to prove themselves. the longer songs just get boring after a while. this album has some great moments on it, teenage icon, ghost town, no hope, aftershave ocean. but then it also has some very "meh" moments. it's a good album, and i like it, but it could have been so much better.

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