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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the quartet of Columbia University alumni.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Affecting a clarity and delight that pleases the many and confounds the some, their lyrically alluring, structurally hop-skip-and-jumping songs aren't deep. They're just thoughtful fun.
  2. This is a magnificent debut, filled with endless melodies, memorable hooks and plenty of toe-tapping moments.
  3. 80
    Vampire Weekend have suceeded in putting the hips back in hipster. [Mar 2008, p.98]
  4. 80
    Cosmopolitan, anglophile, afrobeat--Vampire Weekend are in an Ivy League of their own.
  5. Listeners are only too lucky to get a hot breath of summer fun in these cold winter months.
  6. On their debut, Vampire Weekend mostly earn points the old-fashioned way: by writing likable songs you'll be glad to revisit next month.
  7. Fun and fresh enough on the first couple listens, it remains to be seen whether Vampire Weekend can find long-term favour with the listeners and critics so taken with them at present.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 103
  2. Negative: 8 out of 103
  1. JenniferK
    Feb 6, 2008
    10
    A refreshing reason to be excited about music again! Their sound uses an incredible array of sound without ever over-appropriating, and their A refreshing reason to be excited about music again! Their sound uses an incredible array of sound without ever over-appropriating, and their lyrics actually make you think. My favorite band in a long, long time. Expand
  2. GigiM.
    Apr 24, 2008
    10
    One of the best of 2008. As soon as it's over, I play it again.
  3. Jul 22, 2011
    10
    It's rare to find an album as perfect as this. Vampire Weekend has such a unique sound and flavor if you will that it makes it impossible notIt's rare to find an album as perfect as this. Vampire Weekend has such a unique sound and flavor if you will that it makes it impossible not to love. A very impressive start to a very impressive new band. Expand
  4. PaulC
    Mar 3, 2008
    9
    I enjoyed it quite a bit. Sure it's pretty derivative, but it's also pretty fun.
  5. AdamB
    Apr 16, 2008
    8
    Get past the hype and actually listen to this album. It's one of the more tuneful and joyous albums I heard in quite a while. The Get past the hype and actually listen to this album. It's one of the more tuneful and joyous albums I heard in quite a while. The Afro-po influence may seem a bit gimmicky at first but having really good songs along with mostly clever lyrics to match gets you beyond gimmick and into "just a good band" territory. Expand
  6. SteveO.
    Apr 11, 2008
    7
    A-Punk is good but when the band tries to explore African tribe stuff, it sucks. Stick to the basics please.
  7. IsaacR.
    Apr 27, 2008
    1
    Kinda stuck up in how highly it thinks of itself, just like the band.

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