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The Vaccines - Blow It Up
Mar 24, 2011
Total plays:
132 times
Why do we like this?

It's a peculiar twist of fate that indie's latest saviours are releasing their debut in such close proximity to indie's original saviours, The Strokes. A short comparison of this and Is This It tells you where the title was really justified.

Because of the huge amount of expectation around The Vaccines - with NME guilty as always

- backlash started before the album was even released. It's not a bad piece of work; certainly for a debut, it's reasonably impressive. But it's just far too middle-of-the-road to be saving anyone from anything.

There is no doubt that The Vaccines can write a good pop song - "Post-Break-Up Sex" follows in a noble British indie tradition, descending from such works as "This Charming Man." The problem with this album is the other eleven tracks -- they are listenable, but, alas, little more than that.

All that is left is to hope that The Strokes' Angles covers the Is This It-shaped void instead...

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