Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
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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. It’s ecstatic music, surely; and intense, too, even as it’s joyful.
  4. At less than 40 minutes long, Vampire Weekend sounds paradoxically both brimming with confidence and something put down as a marker for the future.
  5. Their strength is that, musically as well as sartorially, they’re unafraid to plunder and repurpose styles previously considered naffer than Bluetooth headsets.
  6. 70
    Although the vocals initially may spark fears of self-indulgent been there’s and done that’s, the musical beast which duels with the lyrics stays on point and goes beyond the point in miraculous fashion.
  7. Vampire Weekend certainly have one of the best band names I’ve heard in ages, although their music unfortunately proves less exciting than one might have hoped.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 100
  2. Negative: 8 out of 100
  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 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. NatalieM.
    Mar 22, 2008
    10
    Koodos to these kids!! My 73 year old mother turned me on to these young kids from NY after she saw them on SNL. My mother loves ALL types of music. We are thrilled that these young kids are so versatile. Their CD is very lively and reminds us a bit of Paul Simon & TheTalking Heads, too. We so hope they can continue putting out such unique music. We'll be watching them!! 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 not to love. A very impressive start to a very impressive new band. Expand
  4. MatL.
    Feb 6, 2008
    9
    The songs here aren't especially deep or profound, but they sure are catchy. There's a lot to be said for the quality of musicianship here. The percussion is fantastic, it manages to hold the whole album together and maintain the whole afropop thing they have going. Definitely worth a listen, which will in turn warrant many more. Expand
  5. Andrew
    Mar 22, 2008
    8
    Debut albums don't get much better than this. To Duane J - Don't let the SNL appearance fool you. I was disappointed in their performance as well, and hope that was not indicative of their live shows. The album sounds much tighter. Worthy of the hype so far, but we'll see how the 2nd album goes. If it's simply more of the same, we'll know they aren't for real. For what it is, this is an awesome album, very enjoyable. Expand
  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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