The Vaccines

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The Vaccines have had a hell of a year, one day you're releasing What did you expect from The Vaccines? and the other day you're touring all over the world with this record, if that ain't a dream of every upcoming artist.. Well, after their world tour, they released their second album Come Of Age and I must say it is pretty different than their debut album. You probably already know their single Teenage Icon which has been played all summer on a lot of radio stations. Well, the sound of Teenage Icon represents the sound of the whole album pretty good, which I think is a reassuring thing!

Opening track No Hope was a blog-hype as well, and The Vaccines were already playing it on their summer shows (for example on Rock Werchter). Although, it is a pretty powerful song and a great way to kick off your new album. It also revives The Vaccines' riot side of making music if you listen to the lyrics of the song: I don't really care about anybody else when I haven't got my own life figured out...

I Always Knew certainly is a new side of The Vaccines we haven't heard yet. The way Justin Young uses his voice in the verses is new to me, but I have to say, I kind of like it! And when you hear the chorus of I Always Knew, you hear their ambition of one day selling out stadiums.

All In Vain reminds me of their previous albums, it reminds me of tracks like A Lack of Understanding and Under Your Thumb. Ghost Town is like some new Arctic Monkeys' track and the opening and verse of Weirdo reminds me a lot of Joy Division. 

It might have striked you already that Come Of Age really is less explosive than their debut album, it's more of a relaxing album, since tracks like Wrecking Bar, If You Wanna and Norgaard are missing on Come of Age, except for Change Of Heart Pt. 2 and Bad Mood. These two tracks are an absolute explosion after you've been listening to the first seven tracks of the album. It has to be said: the tracks might be as explosive as the ones of What did you expect from The Vaccines?, but they aren't as catchy at all, which is sin.

Anyhow, I really enjoyed their new album and new sound. I think everybody knows how hard it is for a band to create a better record than your first if your first was absolutely brilliant, check for example The Killers, Two Door Cinema Club, The Temper Trap, Beach House,.. so it's not a shame at all that Teenage Icon isn't as good as What did you expect from The Vaccines? .

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