[image-4]Published January 31, 2008.
Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
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This buzzed-about Brooklyn quartet considers themselves experts in “Upper West Side Soweto.” Their infectious Brit-Afro-pop style makes for head-bopping, uncomplicated songs, mixing West African soukous and rhythms, ska and new wave, with frequent comparisons to both The Strokes and Paul Simon. Vampire Weekend know that pastel-sweatered white kids from Columbia University are treading a fine line of appropriation, and acknowledge it by singing “This feels so unnatural/Peter Gabriel, too.” But where this much self-awareness might be annoying in some bands, this album is so much fun that you won’t care as you play it on repeat.
Sue Carter Flinn

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