Back In Love City

The Vaccines - Back In Love City
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #258 / 527
User Score
Based on 73 ratings
2021 Ratings: #656
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September 10, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Super Easy, AWAL / Label
Power Pop / Genres / Website
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2018’s Combat Sports was a career high, a peppy indie-pop album with cinematic intentions, with Justin Young’s songwriting at a new peak: a peak which he somehow manages to top on Back In Love City, a sprawling gem of an album that shows The Vaccines eradicating any restraints on their wild creativity.

The Vaccines allow their unashamed love for pop to soar on ‘Back In Love City’. Against Justin’s increasingly interesting way with words, it feels like the purest Vaccines album yet.
The Line of Best Fit

It is warm and embracing, something we come to expect of a Vaccines record, but its effort to not just be another rock record is what makes it dazzle. Love City is The Vaccines in their own world, chiselled by the sounds that have trademarked them.

Five albums and 11 years in, you might expect a band of The Vaccines’ ilk – one that came up through in the latter years of so-called “landfill indie” – to be past their prime now. ‘Back In Love City’ refutes that assumption emphatically, presenting instead a band still at their very best and still brimming with ideas, invention and – most importantly – a knack for writing great songs.

Not everything lands, but that’s ok – the majority is swaggering and confident, any risks involved in looking in a new direction getting paid off in bucketloads ... their most cohesive and strongest album in years. Back on top.


The Vaccines have said Back in Love City is a concept album of sorts, with the songs meant to invoke the titular metropolis as a destination for good vibes and escape from the chaos. That sounds like a great place, but they shouldn’t forget that getting there is half the fun.


The Vaccines are adept enough architects of early aughts U.K. guitar rock (Kaizer Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, etc.) to know how to craft an earworm, and the reliable Back in Love City is filthy with hooks, even if you've heard them a million times before.

No Ripcord

Back In Love City is their tribute to country and American music, taking us to those warm and barren landscapes where our skin burns under the sun and a good drink at a road club can help to quench our thirst.

The Skinny

Back In Love City is Young’s answer to a disenfranchised world of disconnect, locked between utopia and dystopia. Once casual soft-rockers, this neon-clad, Americana version of The Vaccines provide a cinematic soundtrack to a night lost in the perennial city bar at the end of the world.

It was to be expected

I already knew this was gonna suck, so, let's get straight into this. The Vaccines are a band I'm not super fond of, in general, I find their music to be some of the most hit or miss ever. But, the thing with them is, they have those projects that make you want to cheer for them. "Combat Sports" and "What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?" are two albums that, even when I wouldn't call them my favorites of all time, they're albums that are fun and that ... read more
If you can get 70% of people to listen to this then we can reach herd immunity

Alternatively, instead of listening to this you can take horse dewormer

I’m gonna try and write real reviews today I promise
Originally, I was very concerned due to their genre change with their 80s driven pop style and that's a bold dice from The Vaccines, especially when you have triple producers working alongside (The same producers that worked mainly with solo artists like Carley Rae Jepsen, Lizzo, Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, etc.). But, The Vaccines have been pretty reliable in their past albums (Combat Sports and What Did You Expect... are their superior albums).

It was....fine on first impression (A ... read more
When not playing into the worst tendencies of the genre, Back In Love City is a pretty fun indie rock album.

Standouts: Back In Love City, Alone Star, Wanderlust, Paranormal Romance, Bandit
The Vaccines - Back In Love City

Genre: Indie Rock
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 60% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 356th / 713

Highlight: Back In Love City

Made me think of:
Franz Ferdinand
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Added on: June 25, 2021