The Vaccines Come Of Age
The Vaccines have found themselves in an awkward place following the success of debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?
Pitched somewhere between maintaining the insolent slacker anthems of their debut and wanting to grow and develop as a band, this second effort (and UK No. 1 album) comes just 18 months later and unfortunately finds them floating in stylistic limbo.
Their knack for writing catchy tunes remains - even if the best ones (Weirdo, Aftershave Ocean, No Hope) fall short of crackers like Wetsuit, If You Wanna and Post Break-up Sex from the debut.
But some intricate instrumental and pop-rock arrangements ultimately make for a confused listen.