Vaccines – What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?

January 01, 1970

(Sony)

 

www.sonymusic.com

 

If
you caught The Vaccines at SXSW last March, you might already know what to
expect from What Did You Expect From the
Vaccines?,
the London
foursome’s debut LP. This contagious album is what happens when punk rock
invades the sock hop; when the Ramones twirl with Danny and the Juniors; when
the Shangri-Las play footsie with My Bloody Valentine. And yeah, it gets pretty
darn good.

 

The
opening track, “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” lays on the charm in a
hurry, evoking Joey and the boys with three-to-four-chord wallops and a
danceable rhythm. “Norgaard” and “If You Wanna” tap similar
instrumental veins, keeping it catchy as frontman Justin Young’s tales of
romantic confusion unfold. It doesn’t take long for Young to morph into an
insecure Buddy Holly, either, with dreary-but-tender breath pasted over
shoegaze-y guitars. “I’ve got too much time on my hands/ But you don’t
understand/ Or you won’t understand/,” Young moans on “A Lack of
Understanding” — nice stuff. The somber tones continue on “Post
Break-Up Sex,” a song about a guy who could have snagged his girl’s
virginity…but didn’t; add the oldies twinge and it’s a made-for-Facebook dilemma
cloaked in a ’50s jukebox sound.

 

What Did You Expect
loses a little steam by the second half, but it’s forgivable. The slow spots
fall away from the core of this album, which happens to be a sweet, addictive
fusion of both modern and vintage style.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra),” “A Lack Of Understanding” DARREN
RATNER

 

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