Father of the Bride

Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride
Critic Score
Based on 43 reviews
2019 Ratings: #217 / 789
Year End Rank: #11
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2019 Ratings: #347
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Vampire Weekend’s first album in six years feels like a labour of love: 18 tracks running just under 60 minutes, a lot of them short and all of them sweet to the point that it feels like Vampire Weekend’s attempt at a song cycle.

91
A.V. Club

Father Of The Bride is unlikely to find the universal praise that the immaculately constructed Modern Vampires did, but it will reward close listens. It’s not perfect, but it’s perfect for this moment in the band’s evolution.

90
AllMusic

More complex yet more direct than anything they've done before, Father of the Bride finds Vampire Weekend embracing change and delivering some of their most mature and satisfying music in the process.

90
Spill Magazine

Overall, Father of the Bride is an upbeat, inviting, and musically rich album.

90
Rolling Stone

Father of the Bride is so zealously detailed and meticulously contoured that you easily sink into its inventions.

84
Northern Transmissions

Father of the Bride is a less satisfying listening experience than any of the imminently replayable, nearly flawless, Vampire Weekend, Contra, or Modern Vampires of the City. But its best songs reach, perhaps exceed, Vampire Weekend’s previous heights.

83
Consequence of Sound

Father of the Bride may not have the initial excitement and glistening energy of the band’s now-classic first three albums, but it offers a rewarding and audacious achievement of its own.

80
Clash

This is not some grand tome where these indie vets try and break new sonic territory every track for better or worse. Here we see a bunch of thirty-somethings letting go of some past anxieties and leaning into newfound securities.

80
Gigwise

It’s an accomplished, meaty, interesting, original, colourful, textured record.

80
Under The Radar

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.

80
Exclaim!

Now that they're mostly unburdened from the narratives of their past, Father of the Bride finds them at their most relaxed, jovial and inviting.

80
The Observer

It’s an album that exudes warmth and no little sonic familiarity, while reflecting what is a radically altered set-up.

80
NME

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.

80
Spectrum Culture

Where the band’s three previous albums sounded like the byproduct of academic intellectuals fresh out of school, Father of the Bride feels more like an homage to pop with a decidedly more mature, domesticated California-leaning aesthetic.

80
Pitchfork

There are still moments of conflict, but in general, you get the sense the band is just relieved to have run the gauntlet of their existential doubts and come out relatively unscathed, grateful to be here.

80
Dork

A record drenched in a previously teased ‘spring-time’ vibe, it’s never less than crispy fresh, but while Vampire Weekend’s trademark peppiness is always present, it’s never afraid to head off in new, previously untested directions.

80
The Telegraph

This 15-track double album is as joyous with its manipulation of sound as it is with its language.

80
The Skinny

A giddy, sprawling fourth record, Father of the Bride heralds the dawn of a new era for Vampire Weekend.

80
The Independent

For long stretches, Father of the Bride feels less like a studio album than the sort of demo trove usually unearthed decades after a rock band splits.

80
DIY
Easy to laugh at, and all the more brave for it, ‘Father Of The Bride’ is a joyous, fearless listen that builds on Vampire Weekend’s steeped history while simultaneously paying less attention to it than ever.
80
The Guardian

Its 18 tracks seem to belong in an august tradition begun by the Beatles’ eponymous 1968 release: the double album not as grandiose conceptual statement, but a crowded, loose scrapbook of ideas, not all of them fully baked.

75
The 405

Vampire Weekend have expanded and re-contextualised their own creative universe, offered more questions than answers, taken new risks, and opened up new possibilities for their artistic future.

70
God Is in the TV

‘Father of The Bride’ is a mostly enjoyable and well-produced spring delight, a worthy entry into Vampire Weekend’s consistently surprising and brave discography.

70
musicOMH

If you’re willing to invest the time, there’s plenty to enjoy in Father Of The Bride. Although they may have been away for six years, it’s the sound of a band re-centring themselves.

70
Uncut

Father Of The Bride is the sound of a band boldly vaulting their perimeter fence; that they snagged their pants on the way over was perhaps inevitable, but is really no big deal.

70
FLOOD Magazine

By no means a perfect album, Father of the Bride finds Vampire Weekend pulsing through another fine, finessed phase.

70
Slant Magazine

Taken on its own terms ... Father of the Bride is generous with its rewards.

70
PopMatters

Father of the Bride may not be a band-defining or era-encapsulating double LP, but it is a positive step forward for a group that could have with little difficulty kept doing what it was doing.

70
No Ripcord

Father of the Bride does succeed in a musical sense ... but most of these instrumental curios reaffirm Koening's reflective, and possibly solitary, approach to get back into the flow of writing music.

65
The Line of Best Fit

Father of the Bride suffers the pitfalls of its double album length, and 5 or 6 tracks feel like filler; but its highs are tall and shining.

60
The Needle Drop

Vampire Weekend embraces quantity over quality on Father of the Bride.

60
Loud and Quiet

More than anything ... Father of the Bride is ... the most mild Vampire Weekend album. Where its predecessors were bratty or bullish, the band’s fourth album is largely warm, personal, and not a little pleasantly middle-aged.

53
Paste

Now that we’re finally granted a listen to what he’s been working on for over half a decade, it’s simply impossible not to wonder what happened and where they lost their way, culminating in a major disappointment for perhaps the most anticipated indie rock album in recent memory.

50
Highsnobiety

What bogs Father of the Bride down is the feeling that there is just too much going on ... this record sounds like frontman Ezra Koenig’s attempt to reimagine the Great American Songbook as a manifesto of world peace and unity on a macro-scale large enough to be palatable for every person on the planet. In so doing, they have lost touch with what made them such a unique, enjoyable band in the first place.

ElectricMess
80

Vampire Weekend have never been a band to take themselves too seriously, incorporating and often acknowledging weird gimmicks and references so uncool that they sort of became cool. I discovered the band fairly early in my musical discovery with Modern Vampires of the City, and slowly but surely got into them over the course of several months. Throughout the past year I've become especially enamored with the band as some of my friends got into them (and teased me because I look a tiny bit like ... read more

PipePanic
70

Hide your kids. Bury your wives. The whitest band of the 2010s are back.

Is it just me, or is classic prog coming back into the general conciseness? We've got acts like Vampire Weekend and King Gizzard making a stamp in the popular music scene, but with that same jam band mentality that groups like The Greatful Dead or Yes have had in the past. Obviously we are far from a prog renicance, and I'm not complaining, I just thought it was interesting to note.

This is my full experience with ... read more

Plats
93

After 6 long years of silence, and by silence I mean Rostam leaving the band, a mediocre Netflix anime starring Jaden Smith and a signing to Sony Music/Columbia Records, Vampire Weekend finally release what is one of their best records yet! I love the vibe Ezra Koenig is going for here and the production is varied and creative as hell! If you thought the singles didn't really surprise you, you haven't heard shit until you've heard "Father Of The Bride"! It has its uptempo, anthemic ... read more

Leoberto
70

Compared to all the other VW albums, this is certainly the weakest. Some tracks are just a little uninteresting and just skips, while there are also tracks like Sunflower, Harmony Hall or Flower Moon which I genuinely love. It's not as interesting, vivid and fun to listen to as the other albums and is just a bit plain and thin.

I connect all the Vampire Weekend albums with seasons and this sounds like spring.

82

A fun and varied album with some truly excellent songs, but its girth isn't totally justified.

Granpha
57

The best thing I can say about this record is that the production is very lush and dense, but other than that this is just so so so average. A lot of the songs on here almost feel like Vampire Weekend doing an impression of themselves in the most wallpaper way possible. Songs on here are just drab after drab after drab. Sympathy is very cool though.
*: Sympathy
+: Flower Moon, Sunflower, Harmony Hall, How Long?, Bambina,
-: Hold You Now, We Belong Together, Jerusalem New York Berlin, Stranger, ... read more

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Track List

1Hold You Now
2:33
75
2Harmony Hall
5:08
89
3Bambina
1:42
75
4This Life
4:28
82
5Big Blue
1:48
73
6How Long?
3:32
76
7Unbearably White
4:40
81
8Rich Man
2:29
75
9Married in a Gold Rush
3:42
74
10My Mistake
3:18
67
11Sympathy
3:46
79
12Sunflower
2:17
81
13Flower Moon
3:57
81
142021
1:38
77
15We Belong Together
3:10
73
16Stranger
4:08
68
17Spring Snow
2:41
70
18Jerusalem, New York, Berlin
2:54
69
Total Length: 58 minutes
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Added on: January 24, 2019