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Combat Sports

The Vaccines

Combat Sports

Fourth album from the West London indie rock band now operating as a five-piece after drummer Pete Robinson left

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An accomplished effort on which a back to basics approach has allowed them to hit their stride once more, Combat Sports reaffirms The Vaccines as one of the most exciting British bands around
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  2. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    The Vaccines fall back into a familiar groove: exuberant, no-frills indie rock suitable for the dance floor and headlining festival slots
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Retooled indie rockers rediscover their verve. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   NME

    On their fourth album, The Vaccines return battle-scarred but buoyant
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  5. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A great return for The Vaccines, and an album that will soar at their live shows
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    The excitement, freedom, and, perhaps, relief of a band rejuvenated
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  7. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Instinctive, top-drawer garage rock
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  8. 7.9 |   Paste Magazine

    A high-flying LP that attempts to recapture the days when their songs were short and the guitar solos were loud, a reset button for the band and fans alike
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  9. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The Vaccines may not be reinventing themselves on the wider scale, and though self-awareness may not be enough to save it – perhaps it is a shadow that is too large and too looming to escape – digestible indie-pop is what they are good at
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  10. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Each song has a short guitar solo, while riffs and hooks abound, in stories of combative love and sex couched in Young’s characteristically wry lyrics
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  11. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    On album number four, British pop/rockers the Vaccines get back to doing what they think they do best. Much of the time, they're right
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  12. 6.0 |   Uncut

    It's no drastic reinvention, but the PRS cheques keep on coming. Print edition only

  13. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Combat Sports may not sound original to anyone with a sense of musical history, but that’s not really the point
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  14. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Fizzy fun that won’t rot your teeth. Print edition only

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