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Vampire Weekend

27 Jan 2008

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 27 Jan 2008
  • Label: XL
  • Copyright: 2008 Vampire Weekend Inc., under exclusive licence to XL Recordings
  • Total Length: 34:12
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  • ASIN: B001MULVFK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,868 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

Customer Reviews

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peej on 30 Jan 2009
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 By J. Charlesworth VINE VOICE on 15 May 2008
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 By Don Spence on 3 Jan 2009
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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 By EternalBroadcaster on 12 Feb 2008
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Speller on 24 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
Vampire Weekend are that breath of fresh air needed this year. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a stale year but an injection of witty, literate and cheery music makes the world go round. A group of graduates whom met whilst studying at Columbia University, their music is an insight into the community they lived in.

Now to somehow sum up the sound they conjured up in their dorm rooms. It is difficult not to mention the African vibe. How Paul Simon sounded in his Graceland recording years, you could expect this to be his and Badly Drawn Boy's love child. Full of reggae organs and tribal drums, on "Mansford Roof" especially, this light and optimistically charged album is wonderful to listen to.

On "Oxford Comma" little nods to this heritage come from with lyrics "Why would I lie you must call me Al", which is witty, clever and a little obscure. On another track, "Feels so un-natural, Peter Garbriel too" gives another hint to the music echoing around the dorm. I love this intellect on record, which is where I draw the Badly Drawn Boy link from.

The aforementioned "Mansford Roof", "Oxford Comma" and "A-Punk" are outstandingly good. The album doesn't rest on a song for too long either, most 2:30-3:30 in length, keeping the listener engaged and aware of the rush of influences that await. On "A-Punk" the Strokes can be heard in the bass and guitar, not the first or last time comparisons to the Strokes can be heard.

The album continues with possible the most obvious Graceland track "Cape Code Kwassa Kwassa", before spinning off on a string quartet led "M79". The album is full of hits - "One", "I Stand Corrected" and "Walcott" see this album out as strongly as it began.

The album is wonderful in it's inventiveness, the bold choice of tracks and influences and the courage to release such a statement to the blinkered masses. This is what new music should be about and why music can be such a inspiration.
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