Vampire Weekend Review

artist: Vampire Weekend date: 08/15/2008 category: compact discs
Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend
Release Date: Jan 29, 2008
Label: XL
Genres: Indie Rock
Number Of Tracks: 11
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.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 9.3
Vampire Weekend Reviewed by: Noisette, on august 15, 2008
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Sound: Vampire Weekend are a four-piece afropop band hailing from New York, who have seem to have taken the world by storm with their eponymous debut album. Vampire Weekend's songs are chock full of african rhythms and memorable hooks which have left festival crowds mesmerised over the past few months. The sound is very smooth and pure, the songs are easy to listen to and will stick in your head like superglue. Singer Ezra Koenig's voice blends beautifully with the catchy, upbeat rhythms and riffs to create a sophisticated yet still slighty raw sound. The album gives a feel of rawness, the songs haven't been polished by producers, they still put across a feel of raw power. // 9

Lyrics: The lyrics in themselves are hardly very deep, yet they still convey meaning. Listeners will find themselves besotted with the words in the songs after only a few listens, the songs have perfect sing-a-long potential and this has been proved at the band's live gigs. Rostam Batmanglij (keyboards) and Chris Baio (bass) provide backing vocals which add another dimension to Vampire Weekend's sound which creates a very smooth and toe-tappingly fantastic sound experience. // 9

Overall Impression: The album in itself is full of great songs. There is not a song on there that I don't like, but the stand out songs for me are Mansard Roof, One (Blake's Got A New Face) and Walcott, although the other songs are just as good. The thing I love about this album is that it is so original. There is a whole load of young indie bands graduating into the music scene nowadays, yet these four gentlemen seem to have a different feel to them. They truly are a breath of fresh air in a music scene growingly full of stale bands. // 10

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