Album Review The Vaccines - English Graffiti4 Stars
This is a band able to play pop magpies of the highest grade.
Poor The Vaccines. Every review of every album is cursed to feature the same phrase. What exactly do we expect from them? Now more than ever, though, it’s a valid question. While their first two albums saw them embark on a steep upward curve that culminated in a Number One, certified gold record; with their 2013 ‘Melody Calling’ EP they stepped firmly into critically acclaimed territory. Something changed.
‘English Graffiti’ isn’t ‘Melody Calling’ in album form: it’s far more diverse than that. The Vaccines still know how to write a direct hit - ‘Handsome’, with it’s opening “oh God oh God oh God” panic attack, is still an indie-tastic thrash - but they’ve got other gears too. ‘Gimme A Sign’ is the real revelation. Starting like a triumphant take on Justin Timberlake’s ‘Mirrors’, before dropping down to acoustic heartbreaker, then back up to stadium sized, arms aloft, goose-bump inducing chorus - this is a band able to play pop magpies of the highest grade.
From now on, we’ll expect only the best from The Vaccines.
Watch The Vaccines perform ‘Paranormal Romance’ live at Abbey Road
The track features on last month's 'Back In Love City'.
The Vaccines - Back In Love City
It feels like the purest Vaccines album yet.
The Vaccines release new banger ‘Jump Off The Top’
Their new album 'Back In Love City' arrives on Friday.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are on the cover of DIY’s September 2021 issue
Our newest print edition - out now! - also features The Killers, Common, The Vaccines, NAO and loads more.