Album: The Vaccines, Come Of Age (Columbia)

 

Rarely has desperate industry acclaim resulted in such tepid public response as with The Vaccines.

This follow-up to their modestly successful debut album extends the tone of ironic disinterest, with singer Justin Young asserting that he's "too self-absorbed" to be the voice of a generation. This wouldn't be so bad if the music didn't follow suit, with lumpen punk-rock grinds and spartan guitar-rock trudges occasionally punctuated with slightly livelier tracks like "Weirdo" and "I Wish I Was A Girl", both tempering any interest with a plaintive tone of under-achievement.

Download: Weirdo; I Wish I Was A Girl

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