Review : Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
AllmusicWith the Internet able to build up or tear down artists almost as soon as they start practicing, the advance word and intense scrutiny doesn't always do a band any favors. By the time they've got a full-length album ready to go, the trend-spotters are already several Hot New Bands past them. Vampire Weekend started generating buzz in 2006 -- not long after they formed -- but their self-titled debut album didn't arrive until early 2008. Vampire Weekend also has just a handful of songs that haven't been floating around the 'Net, which may disappoint the kind of people who like to post "First!" on message boards. This doesn't make those songs any less charming, however -- in fact, the band has spent the last year and a half making them even more charming, perfecting the culture collision of indie-, chamber-, and Afro-pop they call "Upper West Side Soweto" by making that unique hybrid of sounds feel completely effortless....full text
PastemagazineWhen a record has not only no bad songs but no bad moments, when basslines bounce like rubber, when drums do more than keep time—when they roll and tumble in hypnotic patterns—and when vocals glide between the mannered crooning of an over-privileged indie boy and the spastic yelping of a shocked dog, well, what are we supposed to do? Not love it? Vampire is Anglo-Afro fusion on par with Graceland. It sounds like David Byrne fronting Orchestra Baobab. It sounds like The Strokes with a sense of humor....full text
AdequacyWhat a great year it has been already and it only seems to continue. I feel that I could already make a solid top ten list for 2008, already! And what a way to end the first month of the year with Vampire Weekend’s self-titled debut. To be succinct and simple, this is a jangly indie-rock quartet from New York City. All four members met in Columbia University where they created the band. But it’s the band’s energy and unique arrangements and instrumentations that really make it a winner....full text
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