Monday, April 11, 2011

What Did You Expect From the Vaccines? - Joyous, fun, Ra Ra Ra!

I just can't get What Did You Expect From the Vaccines? out of my head. And this is a good thing.
The Vaccines are an old school Indie Britpop outfit that rather missed their period – having only formed in 2010. They would've fit right in with The Clash and The Ramones.
The debut album, What Did You Expect From the Vaccines? channels the post-colonial “WTF now?” mentality that is such a strong part of modern UK culture and makes me ache to get back to Reading for some dirty-rocker festival going.
Even though their sound is strongly derivative, it is still fresh and even soothing in spots.
The Vaccines have been through the wringer in the UK press, first lauded as the new coming, then hit with a massive backlash against their “priveleged” background, even before the album's release on 14 March 2011. Happily, here in SA, we missed the hype and can experience the album with fresh ears. I can't help but love it.
If You Wanna is a cheerful, energetic and cocky come-on; Wetsuit carries an element of nostalgia and hope and builds on itself well; while Norgaard speaks of rejection in an offhand, “next-please” kind of way. Even the 1 minute and 21 second first single Wreckin' Ball (Ra Ra Ra) tickles me to death.
If UK culture and Britpop is your thing (and it should be) you have to add this album to your collection.

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