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Unlikely on paper but effortless in execution, Vampire Weekend’s debut blends the teatime refinements of chamber-pop with the rhythmic imperatives of South Africa and Jamaica. Recorded while the ink was still drying on the band’s diplomas, the songs here track twentysomething life in ways that look out more than they look in: the upper-class girl who loves lower-class music (“Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”), discussions of privilege that touch equally on grammar and crunk (“Oxford Comma”), and plain old romantic apology (“I Stand Corrected”). Of course, they’re smart enough to know that smarts aren’t everything, so they make it catchy, too.

Customer Reviews

I can't breathe ....

I'm smiling so much. This album is so good, it makes me want to reconsider all the other albums I've ranked a 5. I really mean it this time. Vampire Weekend is for anyone in need of a pick-up of any kind ... and for those who don't, it's a huge reminder of why it's so good to be happy.

You heard about them months ago for a reason...

It's light and luscious. It's catchy and complex. If you don't enjoy it, you're probably just a little dead on the inside... break out and bop hop and groove to the rhythm. It's money well spent -- or if you're still not sure, check out the EP first. Ladies of Cambridge is worth it too.

Great new NY sound

To me, Vampire Weekend is best described as a mix of The Shins and Bedouin Soundclash, with perhaps a touch of Modest Mouse at some points in the vocals. Very influenced by African guitar. Definitely a unique sound.


Formed: 2006 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Mixing preppy, well-read indie rock with joyful, Afro-pop-inspired melodies and rhythms, Vampire Weekend grew from one of the first bands to be championed by music bloggers into a Grammy Award-winning act that helped define the sound of the 2010s. Hailing from New York City, Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, and Chris Tomson formed the band early in 2006, when they were finishing up their studies at Columbia University. Taking their name from a short film Koenig made during his freshman...
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