The surprise success of Beauty and the Beat
meant that the Go-Go's
were expected to remain hitmakers, so perhaps it shouldn't have come as a surprise that their second album, Vacation
, is a considerably slicker affair than their debut. Sporting a glossy yet alluring finish, the album has an appealing, radio-ready sound, but it's at the expense of the giddy sense of fun that made Beauty and the Beat
such a vibrant record. However, Vacation
is far from a washout. Although half the album is padded with filler, the very best moments are terrific pop songs, highlighted by the bouncy "This Old Feeling" and the classic title track.