Album review: The Vaselines – Sex With An X (Sub Pop)

The twee-pop legends return with a smut-heavy, ideas-thin second album

Just before the release of their debut album in 1989, twee-pop legends [a]The Vaselines[/a] split up and risked the possibility of their name fading into obscurity. Luckily they had a fan in one [b]Kurt Cobain[/b], who covered three of their songs and made the Glaswegian duo cult heroes, although [b]‘Dum-Dum’[/b] remained their only full-length release. That is, until now. Thankfully, they’ve not lost their smutty tongue and [b]‘Sex With An X’[/b] is packed with lyrics that would make the most seasoned of sailors squirm. Sadly, though, despite the band’s semi-mythical status, the tracks are basically centred on the same riff, and after an initial giggle it does get boring. Sex with a z – amusing but dull.

[b]Jamie Crossan[/b]

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