Vampire Weekend

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Universal acclaim- based on 267 Ratings

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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. Vibe
    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: 81 out of 104
  2. Negative: 8 out of 104
  1. IlyaR
    Feb 2, 2008
    10
    It's no accident that about 3/4 of these reviews reference The Strokes. Not since "Is This It" have I heard an album where each and It's no accident that about 3/4 of these reviews reference The Strokes. Not since "Is This It" have I heard an album where each and every one of its 11 songs are so complete, so precise, so innovative, and so melodically full. The richness of synth-string arrangements and shitfy drum-work on songs like "M79" and "Walcott" is invigorating. And the rolling guitars and addicting riffs sparsed throughout the album (like at the end of "Campus") have enough Strokes reverberation to warrant the New York Music Gods mantle. Of course it's ultimately the lyrics that put these guys over the top, with songs that are both mind-bendingly clever ("Oxford Comma") and tenderly evocative ("I Stand Corrected"). This is, simply, like nothing else out there, and, despite all the hype, the impact these guys will have on music is still painfully underestimated. Perfect album. Expand
  2. HannahE.
    Apr 2, 2008
    10
    Definitely my favorite band of the moment. Fresh, Fun, very catchy songs and lyrics...but not too catchy. I love every song. Quite inventive Definitely my favorite band of the moment. Fresh, Fun, very catchy songs and lyrics...but not too catchy. I love every song. Quite inventive and original. Expand
  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. LaunceR.
    Feb 16, 2008
    9
    I think this odd and catchy mix of Jonathon Richmond, the Lefte Bank and maybe Peter Gabriel or some other world-beaty type thingy... Highly I think this odd and catchy mix of Jonathon Richmond, the Lefte Bank and maybe Peter Gabriel or some other world-beaty type thingy... Highly recommended, natch. Expand
  5. JyotirmayaD.
    Apr 6, 2008
    8
    Finally a band that doesn't strive to be The Strokes. These songs are very upbeat and refreshing. A very good album.
  6. DavidP
    Feb 13, 2008
    7
    Good clean fun, but overhyped and overrated. Also too much filler for such a short release.
  7. IsaacR.
    Apr 27, 2008
    1
    Kinda stuck up in how highly it thinks of itself, just like the band.

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