Brit rockers The Vaccines soar to new heights on ‘English Graffiti’

The Vaccines‘English Graffiti’
The Vaccines (Columbia)
4 stars out of 5

London-based indie rockers The Vaccines captured my fancy from the first time I spun their 2011 debut “What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?” and they took things up a notch with 2012 release “Come of Age” and 2013’s “Melody Calling EP.” These talented Brits seem to have found their true calling, however, on “English Graffiti,” a delightfully trashy effort that embraces their inner glam.

The Vaccines CDThat subtle shift in approach makes for a more compelling listen. The guys were rock-solid musicians from the outset but now Justin Young, Arni Arnason, Freddie Cowan and Pete Robertson seem to be having a lot more fun playing together. And that vibe runs throughout the 11-track, 36-minute release.

Opener “Handsome” gets things off to a solid stat, but The Vaccines really find their groove on first-rate stomper “Dream Lover.” Additional keepers include “20/20,” the mellow groove of “(All Afternoon) In Love,” “Radio Bikini,” “Maybe I Could Hold You” and “Give Me a Sign.” It’s great to see a talented young band like The Vaccines continue to evolve. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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