English Graffiti

The Vaccines - English Graffiti
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2015 Ratings: #611 / 771
User Score
Based on 76 ratings
2015 Ratings: #426
May 25, 2015 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME

Even when ‘English Graffiti’ sounds like The Vaccines, it’s a kitschier, more colourful, hyper-stylised version.

80
DIY
This is a band able to play pop magpies of the highest grade. From now on, we’ll expect only the best from The Vaccines.
70
AllMusic

These are candied sonic fantasias, passionate re-creations of the past with no reverence for history, and that divine, stubborn nostalgia fuels English Graffiti, turning it into the Vaccines' best record.

70
The Line of Best Fit

English Graffiti is a record full of ideas that has much to commend it, neither a triumphant or disastrous third album, just not a great one.

67
A.V. Club
For an album meant to be of today, it jumps around decades, musical styles, and delivers mixed messages.
63
Pitchfork

If anything, what English Graffiti does have that its predecessors sorely lacked is heart—the only measure of authenticity that really matters.

50
No Ripcord

It’s not to say that English Graffiti is musically incompetent, though their impulse to borrow eighties nostalgia is more akin to that of perusing your relative’s baby boomer collection instead of following your cool uncle’s guidance.

50
Drowned in Sound

It’s unfair to lay the blame of guitar-pop’s current malaise at the Vaccines door, they’re hardly doing it on purpose, but then English Graffiti is talismanic of the problem: in every sense nothing to get excited about.

chlorine
38
handsome ★★
dream lover ★
minimal affection ★★★★½
20/20 ★★★
(all afternoon) in love ★★★★½
denial ½
want u so bad ½
radio bikini ½
maybe i could hold you ★★
give me a sign ★½
undercover ★
Hops
67
Top 5 Tracks
- Handsome
- Minimal Affection
- 20/20
- English Graffiti
- (All Afternoon) In Love
MTB
79
i don't understand why vaccines deserve to be the most critically hated "mainstream" act, the songs are always catchy and never try to be more than they are. i love pop, and see lots of pop praised while vaccines are called boring. with english graffiti, vaccines are doing the exact same things with their rock that acts like grimes are doing with pop etc.. the production on this album is a huge risk, and it often works; i can safely say i didnt hear another album all year that sounded ... read more
NR
Pretty good. I liked it in a particular way, just contemplating the sound of the album going out.
lerkenfeldt
69
Sure, "Come of Age" was a mess. But you need a Ph.d in being an indie snob to not find some of the songs on "English Graffiti" quite infectious. Seems like The Vaccines has come to terms with the fact, that they are probably not the next The Strokes. "English Graffiti" sees the band somewhat back in form, there are still forgettable songs like "20/20" and "Radio Bikini" but overall "English Graffiti" was a pleasant experience. ... read more
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MISC LISTS

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Track List

  1. Handsome
  2. Dream Lover
  3. Minimal Affection
  4. 20/20
  5. (All Afternoon) In Love
  6. Denial
  7. Want U So Bad
  8. Radio Bikini
  9. Maybe I Could Hold You
  10. Give Me A Sign
  11. Undercover
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