Tom: I should hate this song, Tim.
Tim: Yep. I can think of a high number of things there that would land right on your list of irritants.
Tom: So first of all: I’ve never really ‘got’ the Vaccines. I can’t say I’ve really liked any of their songs. And I’ve complained about so many tracks like this before, where all the melody work is being done by the bassline. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the average different-notes-per-line was less than two. It’s repetitive, it’s trite, it’s all been done before. They missed out apostrophes in the lyric video.
Tim: While I was too busy enjoying it to even notice that.
Tom: And yet. And yet. I was singing the chorus by the time we got to the middle eight, and I wanted to hear it again immediately. It reminds me of Scouting For Girls, back when they were a thing, which is both a compliment and an insult. Yes, their songs were irritating, but I’ll bet you could still sing about three of their choruses if they ever get played on the radio again.
Tim: True. Fact is, they were successful because they made loud songs with catchy hooks. And this is that exact same thing, and it really works if it’s done right, like this.
Tom: Well done, the Vaccines. Well done.