Vampire Weekend

January 29, 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: January 29, 2008
  • Label: XL
  • Copyright: 2008 Vampire Weekend Inc., under exclusive licence to XL Recordings
  • Total Length: 34:11
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  • ASIN: B0011BGY66
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,402 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Their music has lyrics which are both legible and clever.
groucho marx
These guys just sound like a band having a lot of fun, and I have to say it is infectious to listen to stuff like this.
Daniel E. Fox
All of the songs sound a bit the same, but it's not necessarilly a bad thing.
E. Crites

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84 of 108 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Opus on June 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I don't quite know what to make of this stuff. Fun, light airy African/pop-influenced music made by the half-shaven (or unshaven), young-looking guys you see at 24-hour coffee establishments wearing sweaters and skinny jeans. I'm probably "supposed" to like it this year but by next year regard it as a passing fad. But do I actually like it?

The short answer is "yes." The long answer is "maybe," which may be why its taken me a while to offer my thoughts on it. Initially this is very appealing music, great stuff for parties and hanging out. It has the feel of Talking Heads without some of the quirkiness and polyrhythmic complexity, or Peter Gabriel (who is actually - and smartly - namechecked in one of the songs) without the heavy moodiness. But it has a sort of unquantifiable air of disposeableness about it too, as if its shelf life may expire at any time within the next year or so. The songs are fine on their own but all together are samey. There is one central idea here and, although it's clever and certainly well-executed, the impact is dulled as the band repeats it over and over. I am finding that these songs work better on mixes, split up amongst other things, rather than together in the album context. For me that's a warning sign. Not timeless stuff, but adequate for its purposes.

What I am wondering is what will happen next for this band. Where is there to go? They do one thing very well. Will they try two or three things on their next album? Focus more on songwriting than sound (that is what I'd probably suggest for these boys)? Do the same thing again and get lambasted by critics? Your guess is as good as mine. While it will be interesting, I have some doubts as to whether I'll even care by the time phase two is rolled out. Then again, I have been proven wrong plenty of times before...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on February 5, 2010
Format: Audio CD
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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