Come of Age

The Vaccines - Come of Age
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Ratings: #795 / 1018
User Score
Based on 91 ratings
2012 Ratings: #320
September 4, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
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‘…Come Of Age’, then, is not perfect, but it’s a damn fine specimen of a band on the way to something great.

Drowned in Sound

There's no dramatic left turn on ...Come Of Age as some people are not shutting up about, but for the most part its a definite development. 

Consequence of Sound

While the album keeps their Ramones-on-depressants brand of post-punk mostly intact, the band has come to understand their misery much better. 


The important fact is, Come of Age leaves you intrigued by that prospect while keeping you satisfied in the moment.


It offers a brief, indulgent and semi-trite mental vacation, which isn’t so uncommon for second efforts and nice in its own way.


It won’t blow your socks off, but it’s easy to listen to and a lot of fun.

Beats Per Minute

Across Come Of Age The Vaccines just bluntly rehash the same points by using bland generalities with little of the storytelling prowess or wittiness of the bands they’re trying so hard to ape.


There's absolutely nothing the Vaccines do that hasn't been approved, market-tested, and confirmed over the past 30 years of British rock that warily views any encroachment of electronic music, hip-hop-- basically anything not evolving from the Jam-- as a threat.

no hope ★★
i always knew ★★★★
teenage icon ★★★★★
all in vain ★★★★★
ghost town ★★
aftershave ocean ★
weirdo ½
bad mood ★½
change of heart pt. 2 ★★★
i wish i was a girl ★★
lonely world ★★
Top 5 Tracks
- No Hope
- I Wish I Was a Girl
- Bad Mood
- Runaway
- Weirdo
After their debut, I was not expecting much. This album is really not much different in terms of their re-hashed style. It's just so much more dull compared to their debut which had at least some alright songs. Overall, it's even blander than their debut.

Favourite tracks: I Always Knew
Many critics, and perhaps fans, were disappointed with this 2012 release from The Vaccines. Their debut was incredible and I admit that for about a month after hearing this one, I was also disappointed. But I advise listeners to give this one some time to grow. It's different than their first, but is actually quite subtle and ripens over time.
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Track List

  1. No Hope 
  2. I Always Knew 
  3. Teenage Icon 
  4. All in Vain 
  5. Ghost Town 
  6. Aftershave Ocean 
  7. Weirdo 
  8. Bad Mod 
  9. Change Of Heart pt. 2 
  10. I Wish I Was A Girl 
  11. Lonely World
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Added on: June 28, 2012