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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the quartet of Columbia University alumni.

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A-Punk
Johanna drove slowly into the city The Hudson River all filled with snow She spied the ring on his Honor's finger Oh-oh-oh A thousand years in one... See the rest of the song lyrics
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: 85 out of 107
  2. Negative: 8 out of 107
  1. RuiT.
    Feb 6, 2008
    10
    Three words to this album: Top! Top! Top! Indie-pop-rock-funk-african-classical music! Life is Sun! Life is Fun! Life is Vampire Three words to this album: Top! Top! Top! Indie-pop-rock-funk-african-classical music! Life is Sun! Life is Fun! Life is Vampire Weekend...when we are Young! 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. Jun 4, 2013
    8
    The studio album debut by the American rock band is one of this year’s weirdest albums. The lyrics are completely off-key at times, but thatThe studio album debut by the American rock band is one of this year’s weirdest albums. The lyrics are completely off-key at times, but that doesn’t stop the band from sounding great. Their songs bring a jolly vacation-sound with them and most of them honestly succeed in making me feel good when I listen to them. At times, you even can interpret intellectual stuff into the lyrics that may seem like they’re written in a different language at first sight. I can’t tell if I managed to understand what Vampire Weekend were trying to tell us with these eleven songs or if they were at all trying to tell us something, but the musical style makes this good regardless of the lyrics. Many different ingredients are included in their songs, namely multiple genres and instruments that help every song to sound fairly unique. And probably the biggest reason for why this band is so personable to the listener is because you can tell that those four guys had the biggest fun ever recording this album. And you’ll have fun too with listening to it. Expand
  6. MichaelS.
    Apr 21, 2008
    7
    Entertaining, but finally lightweight.
  7. IsaacR.
    Apr 27, 2008
    1
    Kinda stuck up in how highly it thinks of itself, just like the band.

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