Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2008 Ratings: #40 / 726
Year End Rank: #4
User Score
Based on 457 ratings
2008 Ratings: #13
January 29, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
XL / Label
Rostam Batmanglij / Producer
Indie Rock / Genres
Your Review


Consequence of Sound

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


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.


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

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.


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!’.

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.

Dec 26, 2015*
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.
Apr 2, 2017
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
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
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
A warmly brisk album that so appropriately places the listener into the given setting.
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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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