As Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig says himself, the keys to a great song lie in “Tone, touch and lyricism”; he stayed true to his own words as his band’s first album has all three in spades. Vampire Weekend’s first, self titled album is a beautiful and rich portrayal of the collegiate, suburban experience. The album’s sound consists of an interesting blend of indie rock and world music which gives Vampire Weekend a truly distinct style from their alternative contemporaries. The opening half of the album is one of the best block of songs you will hear on any album, period. From the instantly catchy “Oxford Comma” to the beautiful strings on “M79” and the collegiate malaise of “Campus”. That's not to say that the latter half of the album isn’t great, however some tracks for example “Bryn” fail to leave a great impact. The album's penultimate track “Walcott” ends up being a highlight of the back of the album; it’s blaring piano and lyricism make it a stand out. Overall I feel this album deserves a 4 and a half stars out of 5, it has a distinct fun energy and at only 34 minutes it definitely doesn’t overstay it’s welcome.
- @Theowk of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
It's just a good album - not experimental, unless you think listening to Paul Simon is an experiment. Great if you lived in New York, went to Columbia and rode the M79.
Afro-pop, classical, ska, new wave, punk all swirl to create an energetic, infectious record that bares listening too again and again.
An intriguing debut that freely incorporates influences from rock, techno, classical, African and Middle Eastern music, and a whole bunch of other places. Many of these songs don't quite work, as is inevitable with experimental albums. But Vampire Weekend gets points just for being so willing to experiment, and even at its least successful moments this album is certainly never boring.
This album is incredibly fun.
If you can get past the lead singer's sometimes strained vocals; the hooks are insanely catchy and the synthesizer is well balanced with real life strings, guitar, and drums. It's upbeat bordering on too happy.
I love it. Check it out.
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