- Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
CRITIC SCORE
81
Based on 21 reviews
2008 Rank: #39 / 719
USER SCORE
83
Based on
407 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Consequence of Sound

This is emotionally pulling music, but they instill such a vivid, literary sense to it that I find hard to ignore.

90
AllMusic

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.

88
Pitchfork

Bring any baggage you want to this record, and it still returns nothing but warm, airy, low-gimmick pop, peppy, clever, and yes, unpretentious

80
Drowned in Sound

Vampire Weekend take their Ivy League education, their New Jersey upbringing, and turn it outward – arms open, hurling themselves across the freshly cut college grass, shirts creasing under the afternoon sun.

80
DIY

Vampire Weekend have created a record which includes the kind of structures, influences and classical elements that your average Hard-Fi fan isn’t likely to understand, but present them in such a way that doesn’t yell ‘LOOK AT US, WE’RE USING COMPLICATED STUFF AND YOU’RE LISTENING TO RUBBISH COD REGGAE! HA!’.

67
A.V. Club

The young band's saving grace is compactness, which not only saves thousands of dollars in kora-player and backup-singer bills, but also keeps things alert and accessible.

Apr 2, 2017
82
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

1. Mansford Roof: 80/100
2. Oxford Comma: 90/100
3. A-Punk: 100/100
4. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa: 88/100
5. M79: 80/100
6. Campus: 80/100
7. Bryn: 67/100
8. One (Blake's Got a New Face): 80/100
9. I Stand Corrected: 80/100
10. Walcott: 80/100
11. The Kids Don't Stand a Chance: 80/100

Overall: 82/100
Dec 26, 2016
90
Incredibly strong debut album that still holds up and never ceases to be enjoyable. Vampire Weekend forge a sound that's distinctive and infectious, with lyrics that are supremely clever but avoid condescension and still make me laugh when they're supposed to.
Dec 12, 2016
JFulfy
91
Vampire Weekend starting out strong. Overall presence in the music industry holds this as its face, getting a GOAT ranking.

Fav Tracks; Mansard Roof, Oxford Comma, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Aug 8, 2016
92
A warmly brisk album that so appropriately places the listener into the given setting.
Jun 4, 2016
Raincoat
45
Very clever album with very clever songwriting and very clever instrumentation; they use classical instruments which makes them look even cleverer. I love Ezra's vocals as well, very clever. Did you know they met at college? Wow! They must be clever to go to college. The most clever thing of all though is that none of the tracks are new or memorable in any way but they've received tons of praise for them anyway — immensely clever. I hope I can be clever like them.
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 7 - A.V. Club
# 2 - Consequence of Sound
# 34 - Drowned in Sound
# 15 - FACT Magazine
# 6 - musicOMH
# 4 - NME
# 9 - No Ripcord
# 3 - Paste
# 7 - Pitchfork
# 14 - PopMatters
# 4 - Q Magazine
# 10 - Rolling Stone
# 14 - Spin
# 7 - The Guardian
Track List
  1. Mansard Roof
  2. Oxford Comma
  3. A-Punk
  4. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
  5. M79
  6. Campus
  7. Bryn
  8. One (Blake's Got a New Face)
  9. I Stand Corrected
  10. Walcott
  11. The Kids Don't Stand a Chance
  12. Ladies of Cambridge (Japanese edition bonus track)
  13. Arrows (Japanese edition bonus track)
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