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4.0 out of 5 stars What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?, 26 April 2011
This review is from: What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? (Audio CD)
What did I expect from The Vaccines? To be quite honest, not a lot. First impressions were that they were your average two-a-penny British Indie Rock band.

Fortunetly, after buying the full album, it would seem the Vaccines are striving to be so much more than that and eager to set themselves apart from the crowd.
The hugely energetic opener "Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)" will be familiar to fans of bands like The Ramones, it's very short, loud and care-free. The same goes for Track 2, "If You Wanna" which, like a lot of the tracks here, is hugely catchy and fun.

Other standout tracks also include "A Lack Of Understanding" and "Blow It Up", both latching themselves into your brain and refusing to leave for days, leaving you humming and singing them over and over.

Track 5, "Wetsuit" is a lowpoint, and that's a shame as it starts off with some of my favouraite lyrics from the album, before leading to some that are absolutely hideous. I mean, "Put a wetsuit on c'mon c'mon, grow your hair out long c'mon c'mon" is hardly meaningful or powerful lyrics but there you go.

Other tracks that are fairly standard fare are "Under Your Thumb" and "Wolf Pack" but this is by no means a down side. They offer good contrast to some of the more brash songs and have some brilliant riffs under the soaring vocals (this being most apparent in "Under Your Thumb")

"Norgaard" and "Post Break-Up Sex" may be rude, crude and brash, but are in my opinion the album's highpoints, and may not be to everyone's tastes but the great thing is, they're not trying to be.

Overall, this is a fine indie rock album that stands out from the crowd and demands to be counted. It's not to everyone's tastes and is probaly a bit rude and crude for some. But really it's all about fun, friends, summer and rock. I mean, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
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