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Vampire Weekend Audio CD
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Vampire Weekend’s third album is titled Modern Vampires Of The City, and it will be released in the US by XL Recordings on May 14th. The band will head out on tour surrounding the album’s release. The tour dates are listed below, and include shows in London and Paris, and the previously announced Coachella Festival. The band will also perform in Austin at SXSW and tape an episode ... Read more in Amazon's Vampire Weekend Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B0010V4TZU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Who would have thought it? Nobody, that's who. The last time African music enjoyed any meaningful dalliance with the Western mainstream it was under Paul Simon's patronage with his peerless 1986 album Graceland. That's if you don't count Damon Albarn's extra curricular indulgences (which you don't). The last place we expected it to turn up again was from four New York kids who otherwise might have been found fiddling with their fringes in dorm rooms waiting for the Albert Hammond Jr. tour to hit town. Even by the obscure standards US indie has set itself over the last few years (see TV on the Radio and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) Vampire Weekend offer up a witch's brew of audacity. That alone would be sufficient to garner infamy and a rep for experimentation, but they also hang from this rebellion of form a stream of alt-tunefulness so efficient and unabashed it would make The Strokes' first album blush. Thus, the piping reggae organ and sun-kissed swagger of "Oxford Comma" is given a heartbeat by tight lo-fi garage drums and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" lilts along with cheerful tribal rhythms and crisp African guitar, bound by ascending psychedelic vocals. And that's not to mention the mad strings that make listening to "M79" like watching Ski Sunday on hallucinogens. Their advanced rhythmical awareness even makes more standard indie rampages "I Stand Corrected" and "Walcott" less standard. Which is about the length of it; Vampire Weekend, making the standard much less standard. --James Berry

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Vampire Weekend are the latest band to unexpectedly defy genre and geographic expectations. Since the turn of the millennium, New York groups have reworked proto-punk sounds popularised by The Velvet Underground (The Strokes, Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Holy Hail), or rubbery punk-funk (The Rapture, !!!, Radio 4, LCD Soundsystem). But on this remarkable debut the latest NYC hopefuls clearly draw from a far deeper well of influences.

The most overt feature of the VW sound is the refreshing adoption of Afrobeat percussion. This alone differentiates the quartet from their peers, but when added to a multitude of nautical references and other, often ambiguous, lyrics about delightfully esoteric subjects, the results are constantly rewarding.

What other act would write about punctuation (Oxford Comma), loft conversions (Mansard Roof), the link between rich US college fashions and Victorian British Imperialism (Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa and possibly others)? Only a band with the balls to make a 2008 version of Paul Simon's Graceland, crossed with moments of art-disco cool that namechecks Peter Gabriel, Louis Vuitton, at least two types of English tea and Manhattan bus routes. And that's not counting M79 and The Kids Don't Stand A Chance, whose harpsichords and string sections would be more at home in the court of Louis XIV than a 'rock' album.

Some listeners may be utterly baffled by a record including lines like Walcott's "The lobster's claw is sharp as knives/ evil feasts on human lives" and Mansard Roof's "The Argentines collapse in defeat/ the admiralty surveys the remnants of the fleet". Some may also feel that the material sails too far into jaunty waters on occasion. But minor quibbles aside, clearly this quartet isn't interested in tired posturing or being cool for the sake of it. What bursts from the speakers is compellingly warm and joyful. Vampire Weekend have crafted an educated, endlessly imaginative and different piece of work that's arguably the first truly great album of the year. And you won't even need to wear a crucifix or garlic clove to hear it. --Lou Thomas

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll like it! 30 Jan 2009
By Peej
Format:Audio CD
One of the odd things about trying to describe New York's Vampire Weekend, isn't who has influenced them the most, but the sheer diversity of the various influences. The African rhythms on their 2008 debut album smack of Zimbabwe's Bhundu Boys or The Four Brothers; while lead vocalist Ezra Koenig's delivery reminds of Sting from The Police's 'Regatta de Blanc' period. However, there's a touch of Broadway show tunes in there, some baroque quartet and even some Brandenburg Concerto Bach. Whatever the influences, the Noo Yawk proto-punk style has been completely re-imagined with ambiguous lyrics about delightfully esoteric subjects. Most of the references are so obscure you are left scratching your head wondering what it could all mean, so it's best to just let the whole wash over you and enjoy the quirky pop sensibilities and addictive tunes.

Seriously, there's nothing not to like here!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality pop 15 May 2008
By J. Charlesworth VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I must be getting old because I bought this after reading a review in the Grauniad!!! But no regrets here- it's fun, quirky pop that put me in a spring mood, probably because of the reggae/Afro rhythms that permeate the tracks. The most obvious comparison that sprang to mind for me was actually with the Beatles because, like a Beatles album, the tracks are all a bit original and eccentric.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, snappy, witty, happy 3 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I caught onto Vampire Weekend a little late, thanks to an Amazon reccomendation. Very glad I got there in the end! This is a very, very good CD that makes it into the 5 star rating thanks to the strength of the best of the songs, rather than the entire body of work which would Vampire Weekendstill have got it a 4. First couple of plays I wasted time playing 'spot the influence'. That was untimately futile as, other than the obvious Paul Simon Graceland influence on a couple of tracks, these songs are very good in their own right. What does the inspiration matter as long as the songs are INSPIRED? I read a press review comparing them to Madness which I consider to be VERY misleading. The Mads are a kind of musical comedy act, while these guys have a sense of humour but are seriously good. Favourite tracks are 'Oxford Comma', 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa', 'One' (Blake's got a new face)and 'Walcott'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS GENERATION'S TALKING HEADS? 17 April 2011
By Creese
Format:Audio CD
Upon my first encounter to Vampire Weekend (on Jools Holland, sometime in 2008) I dismissed them. Why? It was probably due to the choice swearing on Oxford Comma; which I perceived to flippantly belittle English grammar. Also, concededly, I disliked (or maybe I just didn't quite `get') the African rhythms that the band employed. Or maybe it was Ezra Koenig's delivery that grated. Either way, I was made to rue my detrimental views towards them several years later, especially after my discovery and subsequent infatuation with another preppy, whimsical group with a taste for exotic rhythms (that band being Talking Heads, of course).

A family friend, quite bizarrely, had the album on in her car driving back from the village shop (not at all representative of my weight and overall laziness, I should stress, but I digress) Hearing the album from `Campus' onwards somehow made it more accessible. The track itself, with its shuffling bassline and more immediate chorus somewhat whetted my appetite. The cascading guitars of `Bryn' and the synth washes amidst the off-kilter rhythms of `Blake's Got a New Face' also instigated my intrigue. Then, of course, the car journey abruptly ended and I listened no more.

Eventually, I did give the album a listen in full; and I was astounded by the band's fully-formed cohesion and musical vision. It is simply a set of concise, cerebral, punchy and musically accomplished songs (and not a complete rip-off of Paul Simon's Graceland, as a fair few lazy reviewers are apt to point out). The band combines obscure lyricism with chamber-pop, reggae and African musical influences. This formula on paper sounds artificial; being arty and clever for the sake of mixing genres and, well, being difficult.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 20 Jun 2009
Vampire Weekend is an alternative music band. There music is soft, different, and really enjoyable (it is my favorite group). The vinyl version is not disappointing at all. Go ahead and buy it, you won't regret it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Punchy, Preppy Pop 12 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
Vampire Weekend are the latest New York band being tipped as "the ones to watch" by those in the know. Here, they've delivered an album full of bouncy, somewhat quirky pop songs with bags of melody and 'smarter-than-you' lyrics and New England references that makes the bands 'preppyness' pretty obvious.

Because of their well-to-do social background, The Strokes have become an easy comparison to make for music journos, but Vampire Weekends sound is less retro, less guitary and less spikey. The emphasis here is on light, melodic pop tunes with a bit of Afro-beat thrown in (hence the other easy comparison, Paul Simon). It's a record that doesn't sound like much else out there, and the band seems to be having a good time themselves, which transmits to the listener.

Aside from the excellently odd single "Mansard Roof" which has been doing the rounds for a few months now, the highlights for me are new single "A-Punk", possibly the most energetic track on the album, "Campus", a straightforward happy-go-lucky ditty and the Graceland-esque "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa", which is quite possibly the most melodious, bounciest track I've heard in years (and it also name-checks Peter Gabriel for good measure).

This is an album for sunny weather. I doubt it will become the first CD you reach for during those introspective, thoughtful moments, however, put this on before a night out and it's guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great album- tricks everyone into thinking it's summer!
This album is fantastic!! I was unsure about it at first, only knowing the rockier songs like 'A-Punk', but I've found the songs are all very programmatic and are fab to dance... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sophie Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars Son-in-Law's birthday gift
He was so pleased to get this CD for his birthday; he plays it in the car and at home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Weekend: a must buy CD
An original and creative sound. The CD is great. It is infectious and will have you foot tapping in no time.
Published 3 months ago by Anton Francic
5.0 out of 5 stars great quality for money
got this for such a bargain and works fine on itunes and sounds great on all devices, no problem with receiving it either, came nice and early, well worth the money
Published 5 months ago by Emily Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Huge fan of Vampire Weekend and this album does not disappoint. It's my go to album for road trips and parties.
Published 7 months ago by Jen Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars A good album
A good album...... but another one of those bands that, for me anyway, needs to be watched and listened to at the same time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by battenburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Early Vampire Weekend album. If you enjoyed them at Glastonbury or any of their other concerts buy this, you won't be disappointed
Published 8 months ago by Jo in Suffolk
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant album
more good stuff from the vampires consistent with all theirother albums. would reccomend if u like thier other stuff previously
Published 8 months ago by chris quinton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant!
Bought this for my son who couldnt find this anywhere in different record shops, before they recalled it prior to the release of the new album! He loved it!

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Published 8 months ago by Delyth Laszek
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