Vampire Weekend

January 30, 2008

A lot of Brooklyn based band Vampire Weekend’s first album sounds a lot like Paul Simon’s albums Graceland and The Rhythm Of The Saints, which melded Simon’s literate, adult pop music with African musical influences, to great effect. “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” in particular sounds like it was directly influenced by Simon’s efforts. All that said, Vampire Weekend has more of a wise/sensitive guy indie vibe going for them, especially lyrically, and they do branch out with their own gloss on the sound, as on the strings heavy “M79,” one of the best songs on the album. Once you get past the obvious influences here, Vampire Weekend has made a pretty engaging, very catchy debut. Standout cuts: “Mansard Roof,” “A-Punk,” “M79” and “The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance.”


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