Come of Age - The Vaccines
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  • Summary: This second album for the London quartet was produced by Ethan Johns and recorded at ICP Studios in Brussels, Belgium and the Distillery in Bath, England.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Aug 31, 2012
    80
    A record fizzing with ideas, tight melodies and loveable sass.
  2. Overall, The Vaccines have released a great album in the form of The Vaccines Come Of Age.
  3. Sep 19, 2012
    80
    They may be musical magpies but what they build from their stash is gold. [Oct 2012, p.95]
  4. Aug 30, 2012
    70
    Thank f*** that they have delivered what we have come to expect from The Vaccines.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  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.

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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. Collapse
  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. Expand