Combat Sports is the fourth studio album by English indie rock band, The Vaccines. The album was released on 30 March 2018 through Columbia Records.
Combat Sports is the 4th studio album from English rock band The Vaccines. The title was officially revealed on 22nd of November, 2017 along with the announcement of a United Kingdom tour and a snippet of the song Nightclub. The album was released on 30th of March, 2018
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Album · 2018 · 11 Songs. After the pop direction of third album English Graffiti, The Vaccines return to their London rock ’n’ roll roots with taut riffs, shouty choruses and the fearless sense of fun that characterised their 2011 debut. Bright-eyed vocals and punchy guitar match the urgency of the songs’ lyrics- You can’t change me, can you? screams Justin Hayward-Young on the infectiously upbeat I Can’t Quit. Elsewhere, the raging Nightclub pulsates with nostalgia for student life, while the contemplative and romantic Maybe (Luck of the Draw) offers a brief but emotive slowing of pace.
On their excellent fourth album, Combat Sports, The Vaccines fall back into a familiar groove: exuberant, no-frills indie rock suitable for the dance floor and headlining festival slots. It worked for the Vaccines, and in that context, a reactionary record like Combat Sports is something of a disappointment.
Combat Sports’ has been a battle for The Vaccines: against internal strife – drummer Pete Robertson has departed since 2015’s third album ‘English Graffiti’ and Justin Young and guitarist Freddie Cowan were punching each other’s faces in on the last day of recording; against health and lifestyle issues (the new ‘nervous exhaustion’?) because, y’know, too much squash and life drawing ca. The mental, social and emotional combat going on in Young’s lyrics seeps into the sound; The Vaccines return battle-scarred but buoyant. It’s unfortunate that they still suffer under the widespread indie-rock delusion than any ‘new direction’ has to mean bunging in a bit of ’80s AOR synthrock, like the world’s still pining for Flashdance.
Combat Sports, therefore, represents the band’s attempt to mature. However, unlike cheese or whisky, The Vaccines do not mature well. The first few songs of Combat Sports are traditional basic Vaccines songs – Put It on a T-Shirt snuggles warmly in its A, D and Fm with a C thrown in now and then to spice things up; I Can’t Quit is a barrage of alternating Cs and Fs; later Someone To Lose hops between Bs, C and F with. an almost identical rhythm. And then the album changes. Your Love is my Favourite Band drops some of the band’s signature stylistic features for a more generic indie sound, and subsequent songs boot those features out the window. Nightclub and Surfing in the Sky sound like Off With Their Heads-era Kaiser Chiefs, Maybe was found in a time capsule from 20 years ago, and Young American wouldn’t sound out of place as a ballad from an 80s glam rock band.
A combat sport, or fighting sport, is a competitive contact sport that usually involves one-on-one combat. In many combat sports, a contestant wins by scoring more points than the opponent or by disabling the opponent. Common combat sports include mixed martial arts, boxing, wrestling, fencing, savate, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Sanda, Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, HMB, Sambo, Kyokushin, and Kūdō, sometimes even Ninjutsu.
Combat Sports proves to be another dynamic album for the Vaccines, one with a fresh spin.
|1||Put It On A T-Shirt||3:51|
|2||I Can’t Quit||2:42|
|3||Your Love Is My Favourite Band||3:09|
|4||Surfing In The Sky||2:32|
|5||Maybe (Luck Of The Draw)||3:49|
|8||Out On The Street||2:43|
|9||Take It Easy||2:58|
|10||Someone To Lose||3:07|
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
- Copyright (c) – Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
- Distributed By – Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd.
Notes(P) & (C) 2018 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited. Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 190758048222
|19075807351||The Vaccines||Combat Sports (LP, Album)||Columbia||19075807351||UK & Europe||2018|
|19075807351||The Vaccines||Combat Sports (LP, Album)||Columbia||19075807351||US||2018|
|19075807351||The Vaccines||Combat Sports (LP, Album)||Columbia||19075807351||Europe||2018|
|19075804822||The Vaccines||Combat Sports (CD, Album)||Columbia||19075804822||Europe||2018|
|190758048222||The Vaccines||Combat Sports (CD-ROM, Album)||Columbia||190758048222||Mexico||2018|