Sex With An X by The Vaselines

Famously championed by Kurt Cobain, who covered three of Frances McKee and Eugene Kelly’s songs during Nirvana’s career, The Vaselines’ profile grew massively in their absence. Released in 2010 and featuring Belle & Sebastian’s Stevie Jackson and Bob Kildea filling in on guitar and bass, Sex With An X was the first new music by the cult indie heroes in over two decades since their 1989 classic Dum-Dum. 

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Sex With An X by The Vaselines
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8/10 Brian 09 September 2010

More blooming comebacks. This is ridiculous. What have I done? Am I THAT old that i've been relegated to "Dinosaur Alley"? Well never mind because it's the "MILF & the pervy vicar roadshow" AKA the welcome return of shambling Scots legends The Vaselines. I'm even starting to get my head round the (somehow addictive) Misty's Big Adventure style sing-a-long of the title track. They're not quite as lo-fi, wonky and semi-inept anymore. I think they've learnt how to play properly & use a studio to more of its capacity. Veering from the muscular opening tune to the spindly, brooding 'The Devil Inside Me', these songs are craftily constructed for maximum "earworm" potential. Hazy guitars, sexy 'n' wistful M/F vocals, rattly drums. Coming from a period where there was possibly even more bands in thrall to the delights of Lee & Nancy ('Turning it On' is one such hearty tribute!), these guys forged a sound alongside The Pastels which has become symbolic of Scottish alternative rock. Nods to 60s garage played in a true ramshackle & endearing fashion, kinda forming an inspirational template for 100s of indie bands over the years. There's many great songs on here, mingling with some not-so-great ones (the glam referencing 'Overweight But Over You' leaves me strangely irritated & underwhelmed) and some could even stand head 'n' shoulders with their "classics" (IE anything they did before they originally broke up) Hear where Sons & Daughters stole all their ideas from & understand why Uncle Kurt C was so enamored. Don't leave it 20 years next time you lazyheads. x



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