Come of Age

  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Oct 2, 2012
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Oct 4, 2012
    60
    The Vaccines have crafted a perfectly acceptable sophomore record that neither helps nor harms them, which is probably exactly what they wanted.
  2. Sep 10, 2012
    42
    [Come of Age] is even more of a dystopian nightmare than Kid A or an El-P record: The Vaccines draw us into a universe that revolves entirely around Young, and if he's got nothing to say, his only possible conclusion is that nobody does.
  3. Sep 7, 2012
    60
    It's good in places, sporadically very good, but is no significant step up from their debut. [Oct 2012, p.113]
  4. Sep 4, 2012
    60
    Unfortunately, just like The Vaccines debut, there is very little to really make you stand up and take notice.
  5. Aug 31, 2012
    60
    Come of Age isn't a bad album, but nor is it the swaggering bid for world domination it's made out to be: it's too confused and incoherent. But if it isn't going to propel them skywards, there's enough decent songs on it to keep the Vaccines ticking over in their current position.
  6. 60
    [Come of Age] starts off promisingly enough, the infectious No Hope recalling the Libertines jangle of If You Wanna... But from then on there is precious little to set them apart from the retro-indie pack.
  7. 40
    [Lead singer] Justin Young assert[s] that he's "too self-absorbed" to be the voice of a generation. This wouldn't be so bad if the music didn't follow suit, with lumpen punk-rock grinds and spartan guitar-rock trudges.
  8. There's nothing wrong with seeking to accomplish the same things your heroes did, but when a band tries only to imitate a few aspects–in this case, detached singing, jangly guitar interplay, and lyrics about teen angst–without offering many of the other aspects that made that band great–like clever storytelling and interesting perspectives--it's always going to fall short. Which Come Of Age does.
  9. There's an undercurrent of sentimentalism running through Come of Age....But originality is hard to come by.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 4, 2015
    9
    The Vaccines 2nd album is perhaps a little more distant from their first. This album grabs a different kind of rock, more actual than in theirThe Vaccines 2nd album is perhaps a little more distant from their first. This album grabs a different kind of rock, more actual than in their passed album, but also a bit old. But remains also the direct songs derived from their passed album (Bad Mood, Change of Heart Part 1, Teenage Icon) only a bit more elaborate, when I thought the truly essence of The Vaccines were the direct old fashioned rock n' roll.
    Come of Age is a great album with no doubt, but it isn't that come of age that i was expecting.
    And The Vaccines are a band to follow.
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  2. Jan 2, 2014
    9
    Brilliant album. Bought their debut but didn't connect with it. Follow up much better. Very good song writing and guitars are veryBrilliant album. Bought their debut but didn't connect with it. Follow up much better. Very good song writing and guitars are very accomplished and heavy. Full Review »
  3. Jun 17, 2013
    8
    Okay, it isn't ground-breaking stuff, I'll be the first to admit that. However, the Vaccines know how to write a banging tune. With theOkay, it isn't ground-breaking stuff, I'll be the first to admit that. However, the Vaccines know how to write a banging tune. With the exception of the blandly chugging 'Weirdo' which never seems to take off, all of the tracks on this album are injected with passion and brilliant song-writing. The highlights are the smooth 'I Wish I Was A Girl' and the erratic yet powerful 'No Hope' and 'Ghost Town'. All in all, the Vaccines provide a decent, if not slightly safe, effort but provide us with a lot of potential for the future, something which their rivals Two Door Cinema Club have not accomplished. Full Review »