He may only have a couple of albums and a handful of minor U.K. hits to his name, but Vaccines guitarist Freddie Cowan definitely knows what kind of music he likes -- and the list doesn't include Rihanna or Coldplay.

Speaking with Digital Spy during a recent interview, Cowan dismissed Rihanna's music as prefab pop, saying, "Rihanna isn't an artist – she has 15 writers, 15 songwriters and 15 producers all fighting for space on her albums and she's the face of it. I have nothing against it, but I don't want to be associated with it."

Cowan extended the same dismissive attitude toward Coldplay, saying that while he'd never heard their collaboration with Rihanna, he knows enough to know, "It's Coldplay -- they'll do whatever they can to be the biggest band on earth, to be bigger than U2."

Of course, added Cowan, "They do it really well and they've never put out a bad album so hats off to them. I have nothing against those collaborations because I don't feel you can judge people, but I don't think I'll ever be involved in something like that. It needs artistic merit."

The Vaccines' latest album, 'Come of Age,' is scheduled for release next week. The leadoff single, 'No Hope,' has cracked the Top 40 on the U.K. charts.

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