Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2008 Ratings: #29 / 740
Year End Rank: #4
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Based on 841 ratings
2008 Ratings: #21
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!’.

ThrowBackG
67
Don't set M79 as your ringtone. Ask me how I know this.
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.
thegeecyproject
79
On Vampire Weekend’s debut album, the band incorporates energetic African rhythms and colourful instrumentation to provide a refreshing twist to the indie rock sound. Though I’ve always had trouble trying to understand Ezra Koenig’s witty and very literate lyrics, his vocal quirks make the listening experience very enjoyable.

Highlights: Oxford Comma, A-Punk, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, Campus, One (Blake’s Got A New Face), Walcott
KiteMan
90
I’m so confused, I’ve been looking through these reviews and noticing a lot of people have One as their least favourite track. One’s my favourite track! Idk, they can have their opinion, but I just love that song. Definitely my favourite Vampire Weekend album. The sound that stays consistent with every song, but varies enough to sound interesting, is extremely fun, enjoyable, and even charming. For some reason the version of the album that my dad had was missing Cape Cod ... read more
InModeration
78
The blend of African drums and that indescribable singular guitar they use results in a joyful and bright sound that's really unique. Everything about this album seems quite carefree. Although nothing sounds all too complicated, the ability to compose something that has such a strong melodic undertone without the use of many instruments is very impressive.
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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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