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Generally favorable reviews- based on 240 Ratings

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  • Summary: After a six-year break and the departure of Rostam Batmanglij, the New York indie-rock band is finally back with a fourth studio album, produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and frontman Ezra Koenig. Guests include Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Steve Lacy (The Internet), Danielle Haim, and Jenny Lewis.
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Flower Moon
[Ezra Koenig & Steve Lacy] Flower moon, curse the night If the sun don't make things right Then it's gonna take a year Gonna take a year Flower moon,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 91
    It’s as good an album by a Rostam-less Vampire Weekend in 2019 as we could have possibly gotten, and the sound is a return to Vampire Weekend and Contra except arguably better with the ‘upgraded’ production and thoughtful textures. The change from indie to mainstream in the tiniest of microcosms: a Vampire Weekend album.
  2. May 3, 2019
    85
    An album that could soundtrack an afternoon picnic or be used as fodder for a doctorate thesis on songwriting. It’s a beautifully realized cipher in an age of unsatisfying answers.
  3. 80
    Depending on your mood, there’ll be songs you’d happily lop off for a more streamlined listen, but by and large, all of these songs make the patchwork much more vibrant.
  4. 80
    The tracks are playfully, restlessly inventive.
  5. May 14, 2019
    80
    Sure, Father of the Bride is messy and overlong—it lacks the sharp brevity of Vampire Weekend's first trilogy of albums. But it is also a smart, witty, comforting listen.
  6. May 6, 2019
    70
    At 18 tracks and 58 minutes, Father of the Bride is by far the longest release by a band whose brevity was once one of their best characteristics. This results in a not-insignificant amount of bloat, including at least one or two songs—like the lounge jazz disaster “My Mistake”--that should have been left in the outtakes pile.
  7. Under The Radar
    Dec 3, 2019
    50
    Too many tracks are loosely arranged with sparse instrumentation and a sunshiny, but laid back, lounge-y jazz vibe. Most rely on a start/stop, soft/loud aesthetic that wears thin quickly and makes it seem as if these are demos as opposed to fleshed out songs. [Sep-Nov 2019, p.134]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 44
  2. Negative: 11 out of 44
  1. May 3, 2019
    10
    Finally the most anticipated album in the decade,
  2. May 18, 2019
    10
    This album is wow, my album of the year and it's only may. Highlights include the smithsy This life, the stunning Jerusalem New York BerlinThis album is wow, my album of the year and it's only may. Highlights include the smithsy This life, the stunning Jerusalem New York Berlin and the danielle haim duet Hold you now...wow incredible Expand
  3. May 21, 2019
    9
    The album has really grown on me. I find a lot of the melodies to be very satisfying. It’s
    as good as their rest of their releases to me.
  4. May 8, 2019
    8
    Thoroughly enjoyed this album as a piece. A few are skippers but album as a whole has so much richness to get lost in.
  5. May 19, 2019
    7
    Father of the Bride is less accessible than MVTC. Even so, guys continue to evolve in their sonority without leaving behind all their charmFather of the Bride is less accessible than MVTC. Even so, guys continue to evolve in their sonority without leaving behind all their charm that has been present since the debut. Expand
  6. May 12, 2019
    5
    Very bland and safe. It starts off pretty well, but dips in quality and becomes ho hum boring. I much preferred it when VW were an indie bandVery bland and safe. It starts off pretty well, but dips in quality and becomes ho hum boring. I much preferred it when VW were an indie band making creative music. This lacks imagination, sounds like 1982 Michael Franks... twee and sweet. Expand
  7. Oct 16, 2020
    0
    Pathetic attempt. Embarrassed for the band. I struggled through this album a few times and really tried to like it, but it's crap. I considerPathetic attempt. Embarrassed for the band. I struggled through this album a few times and really tried to like it, but it's crap. I consider their previous albums among my favorite music of all time, but Father of the Bride is well below mediocre. I gave it a generous score of 0, I can only guess that the number of positive scores is a reflection of how many people are quick to 'like' anything these days and lack critical-thinking skills. Clearly, having kids has ruined the bands creative process.

    There are a couple songs that are bearable: This Life, 2021, and Unbearably White could pass as b-sides from previous Vampire Weekend albums, but overall it's just a bunch of filler and sounds appropriated from other popular music... Grateful Dead, b-side Beatles, do I hear Taylor Swift in there? (*throws up in mouth*) The collaborations with Haim (note: I love Haim) are such a waste of talent and not memorable in the least.

    I don't doubt that This Life will be an indie playlist fav of the week, but time will show 95% of this album is cutting room floor garbage. If I were a journalist, and not just some joe that consumes music and concert tickets (I've seen VW live 8 times in 5 countries), I'd be looking into the details of their contract with Sony Music - clearly they were paid by the song and just made some crap up the night before they went into the studio for the money. And clearly moving to LA was a bad idea. I won't be chasing tickets to see them live after this album, that's for sure. *deletes from followed artists*.
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