Come of Age - The Vaccines
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. Overall, The Vaccines have released a great album in the form of The Vaccines Come Of Age.
  2. 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.
  3. Aug 31, 2012
    80
    A record fizzing with ideas, tight melodies and loveable sass.
  4. 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.
  5. Sep 4, 2012
    80
    This sophomore release is a brave and stunning progression that now solidifies the statement that this group can grow past 2011 without going stale.
  6. 70
    The result is a quarter-life crisis set to music, one you won't mind experiencing over and over again.
  7. Aug 30, 2012
    70
    Thank f*** that they have delivered what we have come to expect from The Vaccines.
  8. Oct 12, 2012
    66
    The record is more balanced, but that youthful spark is harder to find.
  9. Sep 19, 2012
    80
    They may be musical magpies but what they build from their stash is gold. [Oct 2012, p.95]
  10. Sep 4, 2012
    60
    Unfortunately, just like The Vaccines debut, there is very little to really make you stand up and take notice.
  11. Come Of Age breezes through their awkward teenage phase with ease.
  12. Sep 4, 2012
    61
    It offers a brief, indulgent and semi-trite mental vacation, which isn't so uncommon for second efforts and nice in its own way.
  13. 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.
  14. Sep 17, 2012
    70
    The important fact is, Come of Age leaves you intrigued by that prospect while keeping you satisfied in the moment.
  15. 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]
  16. Sep 25, 2012
    70
    Here, Young gives 25-and-bored clichés his own hapless-wanna-be spin... and throughout he's far too hopped up on Strokes-crisp tunes and surf-y guitar snap to come off half as blasé as he wants us to think he is.
  17. Sep 17, 2012
    70
    Come Of Age exceeds the expectations granted by its title and instead shows that the group are already wise beyond their years.
  18. Aug 31, 2012
    80
    They've honed their ability to be urgent and primitive, to write songs that make boys and girls want to snog each other, and added nuance and depth. Everything feels bold, fast and confident.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. There's an undercurrent of sentimentalism running through Come of Age....But originality is hard to come by.
  22. 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.
  23. Sep 14, 2012
    70
    The Ethan Johns-produced follow-up sees their punky, Spectorish pop continue to evolve.[Oct 2012, p.87]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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 very accomplished and heavy. Full Review »
  2. 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 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 »