Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? ALBUM REVIEW

The much anticipated album from The Vaccines 'What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?' gets its official release here in the USA next Tuesday, May 31, 2011 on the Columbia Records Label. I have actually had this album on my play list for the past couple of months and it has been on constant repeat mode. Last night they made an appearance on Letterman and are now on tour with Arctic Monkeys across the USA trying to hit the US with a splash. I first remember hearing The Vaccines about 4 months ago when I heard 'Blow It Up' for the first time and was really wowed at first listen.

With this debut album from The Vaccines I was kept content the whole way through. I know these guys get a lot of comparisons to being The Strokes of the UK, but in reality it is more like the album 'What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?' is a solid start to the bands career much like 'Is This It' for The Strokes. The album consists of 11 songs plus another hidden track at the end of 'Family Friend'. When you sit down and take a listen to the entire album it is hard to find many flaws with what is given.

The album starts out with 'Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)' which is a quick little number that gets the juices flowing and sets a raw feel to this little rock album. It is a fun, fast and to the point type of tune. The next song 'If You Wanna' is all about the energy, and presents the perfect vibe that you want to hear in a modern day rock song. It sets a high standard for what is to come on the rest of the album, and it clearly is a song that is meant to be played Live and Loud. With If You Wanna and most of the other songs on the album the lyrics are rather simple and concise but that is why the songs work so well together.

'A Lack of Understanding' is the albums low key song, focusing on lyrics an voice and it is very toned down. The lyrics "I've got too much time on my hands/But you don't understand/Or you won't understand" suggest why the reason for the slower tune. 'Blow It Up' is up next and like I said above this was the first song I heard from these guys. After initially hearing this song I wanted to know everything about this band, I thought it was an outstanding sounding song. 'Wetsuit' is a pretty little song, which starts out perfectly with a somber intro. From there the remainder of the song flows magically to the finish. 'Norgaard' is a fun loving little song and I could hear that fun 70's vibe mixed in the music.

The big anthem song could be argued as being 'Post Break Up Sex'. It is the stand out track for some, making a perfect break up ballad. Wrestles with the idea of making a bad decision feel like it is a good one. 'Under Your Thumb' has the constant chants of "Eleanor" making this another simple and to the point type of song. The next song 'All In White' is a highlight track in a lot of ways. When you first listen to the song you almost miss its beauty but when you hear it again you realize that this is a pretty special song. "I will one day shine with you
I'll shine on a faithful few/Show we 'low quotations /Have you earned your stripes?/Fabricate salvation/Lord, I know your type/I've known you all my life/I was always wrong, you all in white"
. Just really enjoyed the sound and the lyrics of this song, and it is now the newest single off of the album.

'Wolf Pack' is a faster paced, more relaxed and goofy fun song. There really is nothing to take seriously with Wolf Pack but all in all it is a pretty enjoyable song. 'Family Friend' is a nice little exit song, slow paced that could have been the perfect album closer. Turns out there is also a hidden track titled 'Somebody Else's Child' which is the real closer to this remarkable debut album. It is a nice little piano number and is something totally different from what you hear with the first 11 songs, consisting of simple piano sounds with simple lyrics and vocals.

I feel this album is one of the best I have heard in 2011. The Vaccines definitely have my vote for best new music act in 2011. Every song on the album is great there really is no duds on this album. They really don't try to be something they are not. Sure it could be said their lyrics are a little watered down but as far as producing an album that you want to listen to from start to finish that is what they accomplish. I think the song placement of each song is also spot on. As the album flows beautifully telling a story such as "WOW I didn't expect this from The Vaccines?"

Track Listing:
01. Wreckin’ Bar
02. If You Wanna
03. A Lack Of Understanding
04. Blow It Up
05. Wetsuit
06. Nørgaard
07. Post Break-Up Sex
08. Under Your Thumb
09. All In White
10. Wolf Pack
11. Family Friend
12. Somebody Else's Child (Hidden Track)

The Vaccines - If You Wanna by Indiechorusly


  1. such an excellent band! what did i expect from the vaccines?? Exactly what they're giving me! After hearing a song off their new album (free download: http://bit.ly/l1dGx1) my excitement was definitely hyped up! I cannot wait for the release tomorrow!!

    Also, just signed up for a contest to win free tickets to see them! You can enter too..

  2. Spot on with this review. I was skeptical at first, because I usually don't dig the hyped-up Brit bands, but this one has been on constant rotation. Reminds me of Franz Ferdinand's debut in that it's a solid collection of songs that doesn't try to do too much. For the record, Wetsuit's my favorite track on the album (If You Wanna is a close 2nd at the time).