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Come of Age

“I’m not magnetic or mythical/I’m suburban and typical,” Justin Young sings on the Vaccines’ second LP. The quippy, punky London band generated a big U.K. buzz with its 2011 debut, even scoring a coveted Liam Gallagher diss. Here, Young gives 25-and-bored clichés his own hapless-wanna-be spin – on “I Always Knew” he’s too dumb to make it through a conversation with his girlfriend, on “Teenage Icon” he gets his picture taken “where John Lennon may have stood, or so I’m told,” and throughout he’s far too hopped up on Strokes-crisp tunes and surf-y guitar snap to come off half as blasé as he wants us to think he is.

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