Sex with an X - The Vaselines
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  • Band members: Frances McKee, Eugene Kelly
  • Summary: The indie-pop legends from Glasgow--that had a well-documented influence on Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain--keep at it 20 years since their last release with a new album of upbeat alterna-rock.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Even those too young-or not yet born-for the Vaselines' heyday can appreciate the earnest fun of Sex With an X.
  2. A welcome return, then – let's hope they stick around for a bit longer this time.
  3. 70
    staying true to their party platform (sex, God, kissing, etc.), songwriters Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee remain the Ramones of sunbeam, patty-cake pop--even if they sound less like awkward twentysomethings singing about cats and bikes, and more like the countless post-'90s alterna-rockers who owe them gratitude.
  4. McKee's voice may sound exactly like it did 20 years ago (the fate of most twee-pop ladies, it seems), but The Vaselines' trademark noise has only grown deeper, richer. Listening to this record just feels good on a purely physical level.
  5. 60
    The Vaselines were more of an idea than a reality, but this revival, with Kelly joined by founding member Frances McKee, Belle And Sebastian's Stevie Jackson and Bob Kildea, plus 1990s drummer Michael McGaughrin, shows they have finally perfected the art of being Just Dumb Enough. [Sep 2010, p.108]
  6. The rumble of My God's bigger Than Your God offers some respite, but can't save a disappointing return. [Oct 2010, p.121]

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  1. Jul 1, 2011
    5
    It's pleasant enough but most of the joy comes from seeing the duo back together and not from the songs themselves. Download "Ruined" and "IIt's pleasant enough but most of the joy comes from seeing the duo back together and not from the songs themselves. Download "Ruined" and "I Hate The 80s." Expand