ALBUM REVIEW: The Vaccines – Back In Love City | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 10.09.21






On their fifth studio LP, The Vaccines take us around Love City. On this “could-be” concept album, Justin Young cites inspiration from Tokyo, Las Vegas and Blade Runner’s L.A. in exploring ideas of emotion as commodity in a world which finds us more connected, whilst also feeling a constant underlying sense of disconnection.

There are nostalgic nods to the band’s formative style with pummelling, guitar-driven indie anthems juxtaposed with unexplored sounds in The Vaccines’ repertoire, seeing them take confident strides from their comfort zone. Lyrically the record can feel contrived at times, but this is easily forgiven as they’re laid over the top of synths that are somehow 80s and futuristic at the same time. If Love City is as feel-good as this album suggests, I’d pay a visit.


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