Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Vaselines - V for Vaselines (2014)

I first got into The Vaselines (thanks to Carlos at The Whiskey Dregs) with their 2010 charge back onto the music scene, Sex With an Ex.  That was an excellent album (Portable CD Case), but it opened the door for me to their back catalog, which was revered by none other than Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.

Their old material has proved awesome, as Mrs. Snilch Report will attest to.  Really worth exploring.  And Sex with an X was an excellent comeback.

This album, though... it sounds tired.  It's not terrible, except in context.  It's the curse of being so inventive and wildly all over the place as a youngster:  your later output needs to be on that same level.  And this just isn't.

There are great moments:  "The Lonely LP" and "One Lost Year."  But these are just moments, unfortunately.

The Vaselines - "The Lonely LP"

You certainly could do worse than listening to this album.  But you could also do better, in listening to their back catalog.  

CD Placement Rating:  in terms of objective quality, I'd call this a CD Rack worthy album.  In reality, I won't listen to it again, so for me personally it becomes Sell-back Pile 1.

- Snilch

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