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This NY four-piece draw on their diverse backgrounds and interests, experimenting with African guitar music, the Western classical canon, hazy memories of Cape Cod summers, winters in upper Manhattan, and reggaeton. "Equal parts shruggy New York indie strumming and groovy Afro-pop, Vampire Weekend's organ-and-drum runs highlight narratives about relationships, punctuation, and sometimes both" - Spin. Named "Hot New Kids" in Rolling Stone's "Hot" issue. Vinyl contains MP3 coupon.

It would take a lot for Vampire Weekend's debut to rise above the stench of privileged hype that surrounds it. A bunch of kids who formed the band in their Columbia dorm room borrow wholesale from Afrobeat and angular '80s stuff, and they quickly become an online buzz band before releasing a single album? Thankfully the record, and the band, are great fun: playful, pop-wise, and smart enough to pull their shtick off with aplomb. Organ and drums are often the focal point of the music, bringing to mind a goofier, happier Clinic (if that group's record-collecting habits were more scattershot). On the excellently named (and better sounding) "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," Vampire Weekend asks, "Does it feel so unnatural / To Peter Gabriel too?," immediately disarming--with self-aware brazenness--any criticism of their pomo/postcolonialist borrowing of "ethnic" music. It's clear that these dudes have not only inherited the nerd-rock omnivore's mantle from the Talking Heads, they've actually and already improved upon it. --Mike McGonigal
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  • Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Xl Recordings
  • ASIN: B0010V4TZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
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85 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Cary S. Whitt on January 31, 2008
Format: Audio CD
A daunting task reviewing a disc that has already been hailed by many as the first important disc of 2008. Such is the case of the debut from Vampire Weekend, 4 Columbia students gone preppy-indie to catch the eyes and ears of David Byrne, Lou Reed and aging hipsters alike.

It was a few months ago when I first read David Bryne's glowing review of their highly circulated CD-R, so naturally I was cautiously interested to say the least. Like with many other early-praised NYC bands (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Strokes, Clap Your Hands, The National, Interpol, MGMT), Vampire Weekend meet most of the expectations head on, and give us a few surprises in the process. The first of which is a pretty obvious nod to Afro-pop stylings as well as a love for Paul Simon and (naturally) later Talking Heads recordings.

The first track is the lead single, Mansard Roof (google it). A track as studious as it sounds, with tight changes, nice lyrics, and crisp melodies, a perfect pop moment that would make fans of Belle and Sebastian squeal into their book bags. The band then up the ante with Oxford Comma, again, just as collegiate friendly, but with a little more bite to it. In it they even manage to drop a well-pronounced F-bomb and make it sound like the Queen's English. The overall result is my favorite track off the disc. The song A Punk (months already on itunes) continues the impressive string of songs at three now, A Punk carries a bit more Strokes flavor to it in its brevity and faster pacing, but its pace doesn't seem foreign at all. The Paul Simon-isms finally rear their head with the track Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa. I immediately think of You Can Call Me Al, with that overbearing saxophone and stop-start melody.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. Sterling on April 25, 2010
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Some of the negative reviews and comments for this band are ridiculous. People are saying they're hyped, preppy, talentless, ripoff artists. Blah Blah Blah
I don't care about the industry,the record label, what's indie or not, who they sound like (or try to sound like), what they look like, the band name, ect. All the music snobs out there annoy me. If you don't like the album fine. Critique the band's music if anything. Save all the BS. Vampire Weekend is catchy. The songs get stuck in my head. That's how I choose what to listen to. The songs don't have much guitar, but the drums and rhythms are good. And the singer has a good voice. The new album Contra I like almost as much as this one. Hopefully they keep up the good work.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on February 5, 2010
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Coffee house `sophistication' meets college rock `nerdy sheik' wrapped up in an atmosphere strait out of independent film goddess Sophia Coppola's wildest dreams; Vampire Weekend as a band is pretty much a dream come true.

My dream come true.

It's funny because I've never really given this breed of indie-rock a chance before a friend (ex-friend) gave me a copy of Vampire Weekend's debut album, and even then I was kind of certain it was going to disappoint and so it sat in my car for nearly a year before I gave it a shot. After I gave it one listen I was hooked and it stayed in my car stereo for quite a while. In fact, this album is one of my favorite albums in any genre. There is only one track is dislike (`One') and only three that don't grab me as some sort of perfection (`Mansard Roof', `Cape Cod' and `Bryn'), but those three are still great songs.

Yes, this album is a complete pleasure.

I'll get my feelings about `One' out of the way. I hate the chorus. I actually like the musical arrangement and the verse structure is fine (albeit a little bland) but that whiny delivery of `Blake's Got A New Face' is just like fingernails on a chalkboard to be. The song just doesn't work for me.

But that's just me.

Now, I really like `Mansard Roof', so when I say that is doesn't strike me as perfection, that is all I mean. I like it, but it isn't perfect. Maybe it's the length, because it album feels like half a song. I do think that it is a great way to open the album because it really lets you know who this band is and what you are in store for. Maybe the fact that it is preceded by the glorious `Oxford Comma' is part of the reason why this song doesn't wow me as much as it does others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on January 16, 2009
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Vampire Weekend in no way describes the music on this album. You might think this New England band would be all goth or punk, with deep depressing lyrics, but not so. This band is more like a preppy college pep rally sans the guitars that Weezer has.

In some ways the band shares similarities to some of my other favorite bands. For example, "Mansard Roof" is similar to the Talking Heads' "Thank You For Sending Me An Angel" from their 1978 "More Songs About Buildings And Food" album. Or "A-Punk" sounds similar to The English Beat's "Mirror In The Bathroom" from their 1980 "I Just Can't Stop It" album. Or "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" sounds similar to Paul Simon's "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" from his 1986 "Graceland" album. Sometimes Ezra Koenig's singing reminds me of Adam Ant as well. They are all of these things, and yet they are none. They bring something new and refreshing to the table.

The non sequitur lyrics such as "Know your butler, unlike other guys". Or, "I see salty message written in the eaves". Or, "As a young girl, Louis Vuitton, with your mother, on a sandy lawn". Or even, "Pollination Yellow Cab". What's it all mean?! Doesn't matter because it's meta-communication. It means whatever you want it to mean. Clever, because how many young bands are this intellectually stimulating, or not stimulating at all? The music, the melodies, this is what you will remember, along with the quirky lyric or three.

Vampire Weekend are off to a great start, and it will be interesting to see where these guys go with their music assuming they all give up their day jobs! Four stars for their debut, leaving room for them to grow and produce a five star album in the future.
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