Vampire Weekend [Explicit Lyrics]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
With the Internet able to build up or tear down artists almost as soon as they start practicing, the advance word and intense scrutiny doesn't always do a band any favors. By the time they've got a full-length album ready to go, the trend-spotters are already several Hot New Bands past them. Vampire Weekend started generating buzz in 2006 -- not long after they formed -- but their self-titled debut album didn't arrive until early 2008. Vampire Weekend also has just a handful of songs that haven't been floating around the 'Net, which may disappoint the kind of people who like to post "First!" on message boards. This doesn't make those songs any less charming, however -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
With the Internet able to build up or tear down artists almost as soon as they start practicing, the advance word and intense scrutiny doesn't always do a band any favors. By the time they've got a full-length album ready to go, the trend-spotters are already several Hot New Bands past them. Vampire Weekend started generating buzz in 2006 -- not long after they formed -- but their self-titled debut album didn't arrive until early 2008. Vampire Weekend also has just a handful of songs that haven't been floating around the 'Net, which may disappoint the kind of people who like to post "First!" on message boards. This doesn't make those songs any less charming, however -- in fact, the band has spent the last year and a half making them even more charming, perfecting the culture collision of indie-, chamber-, and Afro-pop they call "Upper West Side Soweto" by making that unique hybrid of sounds feel completely effortless. So, Vampire Weekend ends up being a more or less official validation of the long-building buzz around the band, served up in packaging that uses the Futura typeface almost as stylishly as Wes Anderson. At times, the album sounds like someone trying to turn a Wes Anderson movie back into music (it's no surprise that the band's keyboardist also writes film scores); there's a similarly precious yet adventurous feel here, as well as a kindred eye and ear for detail. Everything is concise, concentrated, distilled, vivid; Vampire Weekend's world is extremely specific and meticulously crafted, and Vampire Weekend often feels like a concept album about preppy guys who grew up with classical music and recently got really into world music. Amazingly, instead of being alienating, the band's quirks are utterly winning. Scholarly grammar ("Oxford Comma") and architecture ("Mansard Roof") are springboards for songs with impulsive melodies, tricky rhythms, and syncopated basslines. Strings and harpsichords brush up against African-inspired chants on "M79," and lilting Afro-pop guitars and a skanking beat give way to Mellotrons on "A-Punk." It's a given that a band that's this high concept has hyper-literate lyrics: the singer's name is the very writerly Ezra Koenig, and you almost expect to see footnotes in the album's liner notes. Once again, though, Vampire Weekend's words are evocative instead of gimmicky. The irresistible "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" rhymes "Louis Vuitton" with "reggaeton" and "Benneton" and name-drops Peter Gabriel (though it's clear the band spent more time with Paul Simon's Graceland) without feeling contrived. "Campus" is another standout, with lines like "I see you walking across the campus...how am I supposed to pretend I never want to see you again?" throwing listeners into college life no matter what their age. Koenig has a boyish, hopeful quality to his voice that completes Vampire Weekend, especially on bittersweet but irrepressible songs like "I Stand Corrected" and album closer "The Kids Don't Stand a Chance." Fully realized debut albums like Vampire Weekend come along once in a great while, and these songs show that this band is smart, but not too smart for their own good.
New York Times - Jon Pareles
Vampire Weekend’s model, musical and otherwise, is Talking Heads, who picked up rhythms from all sorts of places and never pretended to be lower-class or unintelligent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • Label: Xl Recordings
  • UPC: 634904031817
  • Catalog Number: 40318
  • Sales rank: 9,689

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mansard Roof (2:07)
  2. 2 Oxford Comma (3:15)
  3. 3 A-Punk (2:17)
  4. 4 Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (3:34)
  5. 5 M79 (4:15)
  6. 6 Campus (2:56)
  7. 7 Bryn (2:13)
  8. 8 One (Blake's Got a New Face) (3:13)
  9. 9 I Stand Corrected (2:39)
  10. 10 Walcott (3:41)
  11. 11 The Kids Don't Stand a Chance (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vampire Weekend Primary Artist
Jessica Pavone Violin, Viola
Jonathan Chu Violin, Viola
Wesley Miles Vocals
Jeff Curtin Shaker, Hand Drums
Rostam Batmanglij Organ, Guitar, Piano, Harpsichord, chamberlain, Shaker, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Chris Baio Bass, Group Member
Hamilton Berry Cello
Ezra Koenig Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Hand Drums, Group Member
Christopher Tomson Guitar, Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Emily Lazar Mastering
Shane Stoneback Engineer
Jeff Curtin Engineer
Vampire Weekend Composer
Rostam Batmanglij Composer, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, drum programming
Ezra Koenig Composer
Annie Reeds Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Listen and judge for yourself

    Always on a quest for new and little known artists, I like to selfishly enjoy them for a while before they become mainstream. Fortunately, for Vampire Weekend, they are on the fast track to becoming just that. This collection of songs is very catchy and upbeat, and each song flows nicely into the next. The crown jewel of this album is definitely M79 (the song that got me hooked). I recommend this CD to anyone looking for a refreshingly &quot happy&quot change of pace in music.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sunny Delight!

    As cold winds blow, snow and slush clog city streets and springtime seems like centuries away, an album like the debut from NYC's Vampire Weekend is a welcome burst of warm weather bliss. This CD combines reggae, Jamaican rythmns, Afro-pop and ska to create simply one of the best listening pleasures in recent memory. I am surprised at how PERFECT sounding this album truly is : a soundtrack for bikinis, beachballs, and BBQs to wipe away the winter doldrums and have you feeling happy and eager for the summer months around the bend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some songs are great. Others not so great.

    There are only a few songs that have limited value (I Stand Corrected, One[Blakes Got a New Face]) But most of the album can be listened to over and over again. Very unique sound to it, but there are a few awkward aspects about the fusion of indie and classical. Overall a good album though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Overhyped, to say the least

    After the ridiculous amount of hype this has acquired [a cover spot for Spin magazine before an actual album release? Clap Your Hands Say Who?], it's difficult to accurately judge the quality of this debut without bias. Difficult, but not impossible. Vampire Weekend offers up a catchy, fun blend of indie pop with Afro and world influences and tops it off with literate lyrics. However, that description sounds better than the actual music coming out of the stereo does. The tracks blend together quickly, the world influence is not entirely original, and the end result is just another indie pop record with only occassionally interesting tunes. Check this out if you want something fun, but don't expect more than that.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing

    I was diaspointed a couple weeks ago when I discovered this band, looked them up on itunes and rhaspsody and only discovered they had two songs, Ladies od Cambridge and Mansard Roof. I listened to them nonstop and a couple days ago I looked them up in Barnes and Noble and there was a whole album. I bought it and fell inlove. Wonderful lyrics, music, and just all around really addicting. I've given copies to my friends and they to are addicts. I've created monsters. Buy it, and you will be in love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Upbeat

    This music is fun to listen to - refreshingly different than what you hear on the radio every day.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Energetic and original

    This was my first real foray into indie music, after a friend's recommendation. I like upbeat music, and Vampire Weekend provides it. I particularly enjoy the clever song "Oxford Comma."

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Offbeat in a Good Way

    Vampire Weekend has quickly become one of my favorite bands. The music is fun, the lyrics are interesting, and it's not the same reheated hash. Overall, very enjoyable. Plus, if you listen to the lyrics, you might learn about grammar or architecture.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very catchy!!

    When I first heard them, I immediately thought that Vampire Weekend are highly reminiscent of The Strokes and Belle & Sebastian, minus, of course, the african rhythm that is very strong in a couple of tracks. This is a type of sound that isn't very mainstream, because it appeals to a more intellectual, peripheral audience that's sick and tired of the current music scene. All in all, this album is quite refreshing!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Waste of money. Very disappointed.

    Shallow adolescent pop. Too cute, pretentious, confectionary... and way over-hyped. <BR/><BR/>Thankfully, Vampire Weekend will be forgotten very soon and we'll get back to music that means something.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    no bais here

    First of all i had no idea Vampire Weekend was an all hyped up band. The album is descent, but don't expect the spiraling mania of mansard roof or oxford comma to flow into the middle tracks. Overall its a fun album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Addicting

    So I heard them a few weeks ago, bought their album and went to their show. Seriously the best artists this year. The album is super hot. No joke, it's the best.

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