Reposted from my personal blog, September, 2010.
As the story goes, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain introduced the world the The Vaselines by getting Sub Pop Records to release a compilation of their first record and EPs, and later, covering a few of their tracks live and on “Incesticide” and “Unplugged”. Prior to their second album, The Vaselines held their first ever US concert during Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary, along with bands like Green River.
So here at last is the first new material the band’s released in 22 years and it sounds like they never took a break. The music sounds exactly the way it would have if they had released their sophomore effort right after their first. The songs are insanely catchy, captivating, blunt and at times naughty, just like their debut record. The only difference I see here is they blend their voices together with a bit more harmony and less solo vocal spots than their previous effort. Not that that’s a bad thing.
And of course, it always sounds better on vinyl. The LP edition comes with a coupon for a free download for your iPod or computer.
Two singles were also released via Sub Pop: “Sex with an X/ Roaster” and the rare promotional, limited edition “Whitechapel (demo) / Picked a Cherry” that came free to the first 200 preorders, both exclusively on 7″ vinyl. I’ll post more on those later.
All in all, a superb follow up to their initial efforts and a welcomed release! Thank you!
5 out of 5 stars.