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  • Audio CD (14 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B004HYGF18
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,395 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The 11-track album was recorded in a couple of weeks during the autumn of 2010 at RAK & Miloco Hoxton Square studios, London with Dan Grech. The band released their debut double A-sided single, "Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)" / "Blow It Up" through Marshall Teller in November 2010 followed by the single "Post Break Up Sex" on January 23rd 2011.

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With the cocksure album title, incredibly well received debut tracks, and, we would guess, many declarations of love off the back of the moody jilted lover stares they so expertly delivered in their Post Break-Up Sex video, you can see why people might be just a little suspicious (but mainly jealous) of The Vaccines. But it’s not all smooth moves and knocked-out-in-their-sleep tunes for the four-piece, as this first full-length proves.

And it’s the rawer, less-than-perfect moments that make What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? a hell of a lot more interesting than the copycat indie rock record it at first appears to be. The Strokes-isms are nothing new and they rear their heads from the off, paraded unabashedly; from the woozy guitar solos you can whoop along with, to the buzzing Room on Fire riffs and the interplay between chugging rhythm section and chk-a chk-a lead fret-work, Casablancas and co’s influence is all over the opening tracks. A Lack of Understanding then channels Editors in its not quite believable robotic melancholy, but there’s a point where it turns, and as Justin Young waveringly asks "Are you ready are you ready are you ready for this? Should I shake your hand or should I give you a kiss?" the track is brought to a genuinely goosebump-inducing close.

Blow It Up feels throwaway as a follow-up, and Wetsuit’s lyrics are so painfully bad, it’s hard to take its soaring melodies seriously. "Put a wetsuit on, come on come on / Grow your hair out long, come on come on / Put a t-shirt on, do me wrong, do me wrong, do me wrong," Young croons, as we try our best to imagine singing along to this and not feeling like a moron – not possible. Similarly Post Break-Up Sex boasts its own share of dreadful couplets; Nørgaard is Ramones-ish bubblegum punk fizz and frippery; and Under Your Thumb finds Young repeating "Eleanor" over and over by way of a chorus – hardly inspiring.

The final four tracks, however, boast an unanticipated flash of brilliance from The Vaccines and are consequently very much worth exploring. The lolloping bass-led All in White is a highlight as we hear real vulnerability from Young over an epic chorus. Emotion bubbles into the recordings again during the frenetic, shriek-tinged attack of Wolf Pack, and before it turns into the stark, piano ballad Somebody Else’s Child, Family Friend builds into a thrilling cacophony of pounding rhythms, cracking vocals and screeching guitars. The less they do big dumb bravado, it seems, the more there is to love about this London bunch.

--Camilla Pia

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For the past 5 or 6 years, perhaps longer, I've really struggled to get excited about any British guitar bands. America, Canada and Scandinavia have been churning out really inspired music, whilst the UK scene has produced bands that either seem to be either stuck in 2001, or intent on trying to break the mould without any real idea how, just so long as they get famous for a bit.

If I'm being honest, The Vaccines are doing nothing new. Their blend of post-punk, garage rock, new wave, noise pop and power pop follows that of countless bands to emerge during the last 10 or so years.

Where they differ however is that they don't try too hard. It's genuine, it's fresh, it's fun, it's not being made by some teenagers trying to be the next Strokes and pretending that they remember the Velvet Underground being together.

Quite simply, the songs are excellent, and they put to shame some of the embarrassingly average wannabees that Britain has produced in recent times.

It's not a 5-star album. That would be over-reacting. Around the middle it sort of tails off a bit, but it recovers well at the end, leaving the listener most satisfied.

If you like guitar-based indie rock, you'll really enjoy this record.
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There are many reasons why one might be unimpressed by this over hyped album. Some of the lyrics are puerile rubbish (Wetsuit is a stunning example of how not to imitate Leonard Cohen.) The music is unoriginal and sounds like a mix of twenty long forgotten brain dead bands. Two of the tracks are ridiculously short (Wrecking Bar ra ra ra is only 1:22). The final track, Family Friend, is rather pointlessly chopped in half with a silence in the middle. All in all, this album is about as sophisticated as a drunken orgy in a brothel. And yet, curiously, it's one of the best things I've heard for a while. I'm not sure why I like it so much. My brain tells me to give it only one star. But that would be to miss the point. Music is fundamentally visceral. This album is full of raw energy and it has an undeniable feel-good factor like the early hits of the Beach Boys. It's also completely unpretentious. I just want to play it over and over again. I can't help singing along to Wetsuit despite the crap lyrics. My advice is to suspend your critical faculties; pretend you're thirteen once again and give it a go. Fun fun fun.
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I'm not sure that the journos will get this one. Basically, it's a music fans' album.
It offers some grandiosity but leaves you with an overall feeling that where you have been for the last half hour is "With The Vaccines"(which is, luckily, a title they decided not to go with).
It's the unexpected that is the real pleasure here. We all know Wreckin' Bar(Ra Ra Ra)as a deliciously surfin' fizzes-on-the-tongue single from a band that do not pad-it-out and 'Post break-up sex', 'Blow It Up' and 'If You Wanna' are accomplished, lovingly-executed stories but the Phil Spector-influenced 'Wetsuit' and Beatles Rock n' Roll of 'Norgaad' should bring a smile to the most cynical face.
The surf intro is nicely rounded off at the album climax with 'Family Friend' which leads out on some beautifully VU/Mary chain guitars and drums.
Although I doubt any of them were born when The Stone Roses debut album came out, in common with the Roses, Vaccines bring back(?)/along the sounds we all wanna hear and they do it with pleasure as opposed to posturing.
Expect to hear this album everywhere this Spring/Summer. Enjoy it then and now.
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By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 May 2011
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This is indie chart staple that some would and do say has been done to death, but it is ruddy great. Opening track `Wreckin bar rar, ra , ra', is a 90 second homage to The Ramones and what a great way to kick off such a joyous album.

All of the tracks could be singles, and sometimes that can be annoying, but they are all so good that it just makes this one album that you don't feel you need to fast forward any tracks at all. The obvious pithy wit, irony and verve that is `Post break up sex' is probably the most stand out track, but only just, a real crowd pleaser and floor filler. Track 5 `Wetsuit'; is slower but still has enough momentum to hook you and take you along for the ride. Personal favourite is `A lack of understanding', as it seems to be about me and I like it when you can instantly empathise with a song. The vocals are great too and are all delivered so clear that a lyric sheet is not needed. I have had this a couple of weeks now and during that time three of my fave bands have brought out new albums; this however has been a constant on my MP3 despite all the other music I have been getting. It just feels like summer, sex, angst and fun all rolled up in a great package that you can dance to (but in my case - not very well).

There is a twelfth track `Somebody else's child that is tucked at the end of track 11 and not available on download, this is the slowest and most reflective number and makes the album approach, as opposed to a download, probably the better option.

Also not my typical genre, but for indie rock fans who like their music accessible, upbeat, with great lyrics tight playing and some heartfelt humour, then this is indie heaven.
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