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Vampire Weekend [Vinyl]

Vampire Weekend in no way describes the music on this album. You might think this New England band would be all goth or punk, with deep depressing lyrics, but not so. This band is more like a preppy college pep rally sans the guitars that Weezer has. In some ways the band shares similarities to some of my other favorite bands. For example, “Mansard Roof” is similar to the Talking Heads’ “Thank You For Sending Me An Angel” from their 1978 “More Songs About Buildings And Food” album. Or “A-Punk” sounds similar to The English Beat’s “Mirror In The Bathroom” from their 1980 “I Just Can’t Stop It” album. Or “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” sounds similar to Paul Simon’s “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes” from his 1986 “Graceland” album. Sometimes Ezra Koenig’s singing reminds me of Adam Ant as well. They are all of these things, and yet they are none. They bring something new and refreshing to the table. The non sequitur lyrics such as “Know your butler, unlike other guys”. Or, “I see salty message written in the eaves”. Or, “As a young girl, Louis Vuitton, with your mother, on a sandy lawn”. Or even, “Pollination Yellow Cab”. What’s it all mean?! Doesn’t matter because it’s meta-communication. It means whatever you want it to mean. Clever, because how many young bands are this intellectually stimulating, or not stimulating at all? The music, the melodies, this is what you will remember, along with the quirky lyric or three. Vampire Weekend are off to a great start, and it will be interesting to see where these guys go with their music assuming they all give up their day jobs! Four stars for their debut, leaving room for them to grow and produce a five star album in the future. Check it out!

This NY four-piece draw on their diverse backgrounds and interests, experimenting with African guitar music, the Western classical canon, hazy memories of Cape Cod summers, winters in upper Manhattan, and reggaeton. “Equal parts shruggy New York indie strumming and groovy Afro-pop, Vampire Weekend’s organ-and-drum runs highlight narratives about relationships, punctuation, and sometimes both” – Spin. Named “Hot New Kids” in Rolling Stone’s “Hot” issue. Vinyl contains MP3 coupon.


Vampire Weekend [Vinyl] Review

Painfully poppy. Yes, it’s an amalgam of South African pop, Talking Heads school art rock, some ska, and flavors of about everything else you can imagine, but it’s also fairly original music at the end of the day. The lyrics are smart, while also being fundamentally bourgeois in their references. Sometimes it’s just a bit too damned catchy and yuppie for me, and my wife really gets annoyed with VW after I’ve had their albums on repeat, but you just can’t look askance at albums so well crafted and clever. -Read Reviews-

The vinyl pressing I received is excellent. There are no issues with warping or centering, and the sound is amazing. The dynamic range on the vinyl edition is better than I expected. Details are much more impactful vs. digital versions I’ve heard – which is not always the case with newer pressings I’ve heard. I’ve never had any issues with records from VW’s label XL.

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