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The Vaccines Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0086UXYZO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 821 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. All In Vain 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Aftershave Ocean 4:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Weirdo 4:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Bad Mood 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Change Of Heart Pt. 2 2:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Wish I Was A Girl 2:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Lonely World 5:010.99  Buy MP3 

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The Vaccines' Come Of Age follows their platinum selling, Brit nominated and NME award winning debut, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? The second album was recorded at the ICP studios in Brussels and Distillery in Bath with producer Ethan Johns.

BBC Review

Eighteen months ago, The Vaccines asked, What Did You Expect? But their rather sedate debut left many unconvinced that they were worthy of the buzz and hysteria that heralded their arrival.

Since that first effort they’ve weathered some unnecessary posho jibes, bouts of illness and the constant, and dreary, debate about the relevance of their Strokes- and Arctic Monkeys-inspired indie rock in a post-xx sonic landscape. Have they single-handedly saved guitar music? Sigh… no.

Instead, they’ve stuck to their guns and bashed out killer show after killer show, taken on a handful of interesting collaborations (with R. Stevie Moore and The Horrors, among others) and, somehow, found the time to write and record a new album.

We’ll leave the come of age/growing up puns for other publications, but yes, it’s true the band have matured musically. Their writing and delivery is more creative, the lazy lyrics (rhyming sex with ex and songs about wetsuits) and indifferent drawl of frontman Justin Young appear to be a thing of the past, and the four-piece sound more invigorated and inspired than ever. Riffs and rhythms attack from the off, as No Hope kick-starts a record fizzing with ideas, tight melodies and loveable sass.

And this new incarnation of The Vaccines sounds so thrilling because they’re taking more chances. They combine unexpected off-kilter twists and turns on All in Vain with scratchy stomps and strange vocal ticks in Aftershave Ocean; dark skew-whiff riffs in Ghost Town and Weirdo with brash mass-chant-worthy choruses and electrifying Freddie Cowan solos.

Lonely World and I Always Knew see them delve deep into their emotions, and Teenage Icon and Bad Mood get more and more toe-tappingly stroppy and infectious with every listen. I Wish I Was a Girl, however, is sadly less gender exploration for frontman Young, more his ham-fisted take on what it’s like to be a lady (all haute couture and “seductive mystery” apparently). “Life is easy when you’re easy on the eye,” he ventures. Um, yeah.

That blunder aside, Come of Age proves this band has so much more to offer than the straight-up guitar stodge they’ve dished up previously. Sophistication suits them.

--James Skinner

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5.0 out of 5 stars OOZING POTENTIAL 26 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
My first introduction to The Vaccines from West London and labelled 'Indie' or 'Alternative' which covers a wide range of modern genres but for a tighter classification on the strength of this album I would say 'melodic pop rock' with a teaspoonful of 'Ramone Punk' stirred in. For a band that has been going for only 2 years their progression and maturity as a cohesive musical force is, indeed impressive with extensive tours with the likes of The Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys, and The Walkmen together with the release of 2 albums, "Come Of Age" being the second.

The general theme of their work does not exude too much happiness or optimism in the lyrics but is scored, vocalised and played with a lightness of touch and an always present 'chug-a-long' rhythmic drive.

Stand-outs? Not an inferior track in sight but mainly good, strong offerings such as "No Hope", "Teenage Icons", "I Always Knew", "Aftershave Ocean", and "Change Of Heart" with joint personal favorites "Wierdo", and "Lonely World".

A really good second album and if their progression over the next few years is as outstanding as their first two years then The Vaccines will be a force to be reckoned with on the global music stage.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to expectations 23 Dec 2012
By Fairbs
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Don't get me wrong, I loved The Vaccines 1st album and I was really looking forward to listening to this. After listening to it several times I just didn't 'get it' I can't say any of the tracks are memorable. Think the cd may end up gathering dust in the cd cabinet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good second album 2 Jan 2014
By SomeGuy
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Not as strong as the first but if you like a good rift then you'll find a few you'll love here.
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1.0 out of 5 stars NO 6 Dec 2013
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One decent song on the whole thing. Waste of time and money. Should have just listened to the one track I like on Spotify.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Age of style 28 Nov 2013
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A great little album that rocks as well as it pops. These guys seem to get better and better and very quick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 27 Sep 2013
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Quickly received and in excellent condition, thank you. Would buy from this seller again and would recommend him as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 23 Sep 2013
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Such a great album by The Vaccines and at such a cheap price, you can't afford to have a sunny day without this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 9 July 2013
By Nick
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If, like me, you're new to The Vaccines then this album is an excellent place to start. Not only do you have the extended version of Come of Age (which is a fantastic piece of songwriting), you also have a live show featuring a lot of songs of What Did You Expect from The Vaccines - so all in all this is a great introduction to this exciting band.
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