Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2008 Ratings: #28 / 734
Year End Rank: #4
User Score
Based on 628 ratings
2008 Ratings: #17
January 29, 2008 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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.

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.

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!’.

ElectricMess
80
EDITTT! OH FUCK YEAH RIGHT WHEN I WAS ABOUT TO HIT ZERO GET READY BOYYYYYYY

EDIT EDIT: Dude I'll take an announcement at this point

EDIT: we're officially in the negatives now... Your move Ezra...

For every week that LP4 isn't released, I'm deducting five points
ThrowBackG
67
Don't set M79 as your ringtone. Ask me how I know this.
nemgax
87
who gives a friggen frick about an oxford comma
dyelir
89
Don't be fooled, these Ivy League kids know how to use their worldly knowledge to make more than music from trendy elitist subgenres that permeate the college scene. Between the minimalist African drums, light synths and their poignant soft (yet fast!) guitars, you get a sense that Vampire Weekend is making something more than just a fad here. On their debut, Vampire Weekend forms an upbeat take on the indie rock genre that can get rather lifeless at its worst moments.
PreeMo
47
Constant switch between annoying and boring...
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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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