What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Review

artist: The Vaccines date: 09/09/2011 category: compact discs
The Vaccines: What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
Released: Mar 14, 2011
Genre: Indie Rock
Label: Columbia
Number Of Tracks: 11
This is the guitar band for all Indie fans. The four piece from the UK have made a record that has not been made since Interpol's "Turn On The Bright Lights".
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 6.5
 Overall Impression: 8.5
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overall: 8.3
What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Reviewed by: hazuing, on september 09, 2011
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: I really liked this bands sound. Many people have described the sound as 'simple', and that is very accurate. Whether or not you can overlook this and see that simple can sometimes be better (something this album evidences) is down to you. The Vaccines' influences clearly show through, while still being original. Their sound has a very Ramones quality to it, with a simple combination of chords, a fast sound and clever, quick lead guitar work. The choice of a guitar band, in today's industry dominated by pop, R&B and rap, was a risky move, with some having being quoted as saying the guitar band is dead. While not an incredible game-changer the likes Arctic Monkeys' 'Whatever People Say I Am..', this is still a great album, and stands to prove that guitar music is still very much alive. While I could talk about the use of guitars for a while, it's worth it to give the drummer, Pete Robertson, a mention. With such simple choice of guitar usage, the drumming, even more so than with other contemporary guitar bands, needs to be up to scratch, and to underpin every song on the album. The drumming on 'What Did You Expect..' does more than this, and drives it forward, blending various, always shifting backbeats, tying the song together while changing seamlessly from snare rimming to crashing toms and bass. It is not often in a band that the drums are such an important part of the set-up; while drumming is always important, necessarily forming the music's bedrock, Pete's drumming is something that drives the song, changing it and making it from what could potentially be just another song with a mediocre-good druummer, to a hit, and he is a great testament's to this band's musical ability, which, with it's choice of simplicity, could be called into question by those who don't know better. // 9

Lyrics: The lyrics in this album are not particularly strong, but are good enough. They have chosen again to go more simple than complex, but again, this works very well in their favour, and is done to perfection. The band clearly knows a lot about music, which is marked in their lyrics. The latest single, Norgaard, is a good example of this. The clever use of 50's style lyrics ('She's only 17 so she's probably not ready') over a frenetic, early punk song mixes extremely well, and shows that, while this album won't make much of an impression on quite a few people, the band clearly know how to make good music, so, even if this album doesn't do it for you, watch this space. Justin Young's singing changes little over the course of the album, from quick delivery in If You Wanna to slower, more measured approach in All In White. However, the bonus 'hidden song' shows that his voice is very versatile, in this song, titled Somebody Else's Child, evokes emotion and a good use of tone and range. Not to say that the rest of the singing is bad, but the lack of variation may cause some to criticize. // 7

Overall Impression: In my opinion, this album is great. Some of the songs require a second (or maybe third) listen to appreciate, but it's an album that grows on you. Definitely worth it to buy this album if you like indie-garage bands such as Arctic Monkeys or The Strokes, or more aged music such as that of the Ramones, 50s rock 'n' roll and 60s early garage. Stand-out tracks include the more developed lyrics of All In White (or the hidden song Somebody Else's Child), to the stadium shouters If You Wanna and Wreckin' Bar, and the downright fast and fun Norgaard. I would most definitely recommend this album, and I hope, like me, you'll love it and find yourself listening again and again and again. // 9

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overall: 7
What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Reviewed by: radicalegoman, on may 17, 2011
0 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sound: This is the guitar band for all Indie fans. Lately people have been criticizing (most notably Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys) that their are no guitar bands around making music but now there are The Vaccines. The four piece from the UK have made a record that has not been made since Interpol's "Turn On The Bright Lights". The similarities these records have are not just that they both have long titles but that the records were game changers. Interpol showed that you can make mellow music and write a brilliant rock record and The Vaccines have proved that even with Dubstep, Rap and Dance music rising in the charts that people still have a place in their record collection for guitar bands. The band was formed in July 2010 and within six months of the band being together they were signed to a label and had a lead single released. The band originally wanted no guitars in their lineup but after some lineup changes the band had two guitarists. The songs don't go on for that long the opening track "Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)" only goes on for 86 seconds but it still sounds very complete and well made. Most of the songs were half complete before the band entered the studio but they finished them all after they completed the album. // 7

Lyrics: The lyrics are simple the choruses for some songs are just the same line repeated over and over or are just rhyming lines for example in the track "Post Break Up Sex" ("Post break up sex, it helps you forget your ex, what did you expect from post break up sex"). Overall the lyrics aren't deep and aren't really about really really big things but just simple stories which fits the raw simple guitar making it a simple combination that works out for the better. // 6

Overall Impression: My overall impression is that I have reviewed a good record. I enjoyed this and found it to be an Indie record to remember and to listen to for years to come. The songs may be short but their complete and well produced. The bands simplicity works out for them as well just watch their performance on Later With Jool's Holland they gave a great performance and it didn't sound like the band needed anymore help on stage. Stand out tracks include "Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)", "If You Wanna" and "Post Break Up Sex" and a couple of others that I can't remember the names of. So if you are borded of your music go to your local music store or iTunes and buy this record I really recommend it. Its something all Indie Music fans have been waiting for, for a few years now. // 8

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