Every few years, some likeable enough young British band comes along to save rock 'n' roll for the always hype-hungry UK music press—for 2011 or 2012, that band is The Vaccines. NME declared them "The Return of the Great British Guitar Band," and sure enough there are guitars—and, one faintly notices, British accents—on sophomore album Come of Age, but greatness, in the classical sense, hardly seems to be what these guys are going for. Instead, songs ranging from the throwback doo-wop guitar pop of "I Always Knew" to slightly punk rave-ups like "No Hope" to the mannered indie rock of "Aftershave Ocean" all seem to prove just how far an easy chord progression and a good-looking slouch can still get you in rock. (This is, after all, a band whose debut, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?, was already reveling in dashing expectations.) It's the same winning—without trying—attitude that propelled the Strokes, only without quite the same hooks.
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