ARTIST: Vampire Weekend
TITLE: Vampire Weekend
YEAR RELEASED: 2008
CHART ACTION: #17 US, #15 UK
SINGLES: Mansard Roof, A-Punk (#25 Alternative, #55 UK), Oxford Comma (#38 UK), Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (#168 UK), The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: That was almost half of the album there.
LINEUP: Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batamanglij, Chris Baio, Christopher Tomson
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album from NYC hipster-indie band is melodic, worldly, but smug at times.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Vampire Weekend blended together influences from around the world in making their debut album, especially on songs like “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”. Their songs are mostly melodic and catchy, and they use a variety of sounds and instruments to accent their simple tunes. The strings on some songs, like “M79”, fit well.
Yet….and it’s a big yet….many times I find myself an outsider listening to this. I’m not a hipster from NY who can afford to go to Cape Cod or lounge around in the Hamptons. I love the Oxford Comma, but not enough to write a song pro or con. Some of this album seems rife with East Coast privilege.
So plus for a great, catchy debut, but sometimes it leaves me cold, being a non-moneyed Midwesterner / Pacific Northwesterner.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The hype! My goodness, things were bandied about like “best album (or song) of the decade, or of the last five years” or things like that.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Bonus tracks in Japan.
GRADE: B+: I like most of it, and can take it in somewhat smaller doses than others, though.