Currently under a lot of scrutiny from both critics and angrily commenting fans is The Vaccines’ comeback track ‘No Hope’.
‘What’s happened to his voice?’ was the general consensus among early commenters, referring to several notable changes. In terms of actual vocal performance, singer Justin has simply calmed down a bit, understandably refraining from his frequent technique of dramatically yelling his lyrics (for the majority of the track at least) after a string of mid-tour throat operations. Instead Justin delivers a clear story within an ambling melody, garnering worthy comparisons to a Dylan-esque delivery.
Also, the wealth of reverb covering Justin’s vocals on ‘What Did You Expect…’ has been removed from the Standard Vaccines Track Production Pack, giving the whole song a more relaxed, natural sound.
This development is also present in the lyrical choices as Justin croons the self-reflexive (and self-derogatory) ‘I could bore you with the truth, about an uneventful youth’ in the song’s opening gambit.
This allows the song to build up to it’s (still catchy) chorus over time rather than jumping straight to the point as The Vaccines have become known for, resulting in a surprising run-time of just over four minutes.
All in all the track displays more of a stylistic development than an immediate leap to stadium-sized super-stardom, which some might have expected. It’s not as formulaic or attention-grabbing as their previous singles but it certainly deserves credit and has raised intrigue in their upcoming album ‘The Vaccines Come of Age’.
Hear the track here:
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