September 28, 2022
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Review: The Vaccines strike again with second album ‘Come of Age’

The loss of youth isn’t exactly the most alluring aspect of life. The Vaccines, Britain’s hailed next great guitar band, has created an album dedicated to youth. Their sophomore LP, “Come of Age,” revolves around the hardships of growing up.

The leading track, “No Hope,” is drenched in youthful melodrama. Lead singer Justin Young makes known his inability to care for others when he sings, “I could make an observation if you want the voice of a generation, but I’m too self-absorbed to give it clout.”

On the group’s debut album, “What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?,” the band relied heavily on Arni Hjörvar’s propulsive bass lines. Songs from “What Did You Expect” were reminiscent of early rock and The Ramones. With this new album, the guitar steals the spotlight with distorted and rollicking hooks, giving the songs a modern edge that recalls early Strokes material.

The LP’s most ferocious guitar lines pop up in glorious fashion on “Bad Mood.” There’s really no better way to communicate angst-ridden youth than setting aside an entire song based solely on anger.

The purpose of the entire album can be encapsulated in one song. “Teenage Icon” is an anthem for the anti-stud. The track gives birth to one of the LP’s most meaningful lines when Young sings, “I’m not magnetic or mythical. I’m suburban and typical.”

With “Come of Age,” The Vaccines have matured from a throwback rock ‘n’ roll band into a major force in the alternative rock scene. Britain’s next great guitar band seems to be on the right track.

Overall rating: 4 stars

The British band returns with their sophomore album ‘Come of Age.’