The Vaccine’s first album, ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’ was a brilliant piece of indie-rock when it came out in 2011. Easily one of the better albums that had come out that year, it created anticipation for The Vaccine’s follow-up album. Well The Vaccines have now released ‘Come of Age’, their second studio album featuring 11-new songs.
‘Come of Age’ seems to follow much in the same vein as the first album. There are many infectious bass-lines in each of the songs, followed by powerful vocals that belt out during the choruses. So with this being the case, why do I find myself warming to this new album much less than their first? I get the impression that The Vaccine’s just aren’t achieving what they managed from their first album, making what is in my eyes a slightly lacklustre album.
There are good songs on the album, don’t get me wrong. What my problem is that they don’t seem to be as big any of the songs on the first album. It’s as though everything is underplayed at times. This isn’t with every song though, there are some great moments on the album where it hints at what they’re capable of. However, it isn’t as frequent as the first album, which makes it feel disappointing.
Most of the songs are big loud songs, which sort of strays away from what helped make the first album so good. Whilst The Vaccines are great at writing great loud songs, I personally felt that some of the best songs from the first album were their more subtle and quieter songs. There is only a few of these on the new album, and perhaps the album could be improved by swapping some of the more typically formulaic songs with some more subtler ones.
The strong parts of the album come with the album’s second half. It feels that the first half of the album simply trudges through a lot of the same formula, and you must wait until the second half to hear anything different. ‘Ghost Town’ is one of the few songs that whilst following their formula, manages to hit the right notes and work together as a song. It’s loud in places, and quite dramatic, almost with a level of showmanship that really draws the listener in. Another favourite is ‘I Wish I Was A Girl’ which features a great guitar hook and another driving bass-line, making it another very strong song not just on the album, but out of their whole repertoire.
Overall, ‘Come of Age’ is a good album, just not as good as their first. Perhaps I’m missing a trick here and not realising that the album is aptly titled ‘Come of Age’, implying that The Vaccines are growing up, ready to become more mature as a band. I don’t know if this is the case though, cause if it is, then I don’t think they have pulled it off yet. It’s important to remember though that this album isn’t a failing on The Vaccine’s part. Simply they have tried to do something, and at times it works, but it just isn’t consistent. The album is still a good album, don’t get me wrong. It’s just imperfect at times.
- ★★★☆☆ 3/5
- Ghost Town
- Bad Mood
- I Wish I Was A Girl
- Lonely World