In an indie, post-punk, bop-pop-rock way The Vaccines offer a cure of sorts for the excesses of the mainstream pop and rock world.
But just maybe they've got a bit ahead of themselves in pushing the coming of age line in just their second album.
While it's more polished than their debut What did You Expect From the Vaccines?, many of the tracks have a sameness about them – especially a simplistic rhythm section – suggesting the whole thing has been a bit rushed.
Maybe that's what aspiring up-and-comers have to do to retain their spot in the limelight in today's environment of fast-track iPad production and free and easy Spotify distribution – but any band serious about becoming the Next Big Thing might be better off focusing on less spit and more polish.
Distorted guitars on Aftershave Ocean sound dated and tiresome: ditto the tremolo effect on Weirdo.
Fans can look forward to three bonus tracks on the main disk, while a free bonus CD recorded live in Brighton gives another perspective of what they are about.
Best tracks: I Wish I was a Girl, Lonely World; Runaway.
- Reviews by Alan Clarke, CDs from Everyman, Nelson.
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