Vampire Weekend album is heavier on hype than on bite

Full story: Chicago Tribune

Vampire Weekend, a quartet of Ivy League grads from upper Manhattan, has the difficult task of following up a year's worth of Internet hyperbole with an actual album.
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elizabeth

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Feb 3, 2008
 
I dont think Greg Kot understands that it doesnt matter what critics think. This is a great band and it's not meant to please everybody or critics. I dont know what boston radio station would actually end up playing Vampire Weekend because it's different. I have bought two of their C.D.s though, one for the car, one for the house because i love em and its so refreshing to hear something great which doesnt happen too often - and doesnt happy on the radio anyways. its a band that might take a few listenings too before you really love it
Justin

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Feb 4, 2008
 
I fully agree with Elizabeth; critics be damned, this band is outstanding. Trying to classify their sound into a particular musical niche should not be as important as classifying them as talented musicans and songwriters. Whoever stated their album was supposed to be "Graceland 2" is just trying to build up hype. Take this album with a clean conscience and you will be incredibly pleased. These guys are refreshing, fun, and can not afford to be missed by anyone who is a fan of clean/simple/true music. This is by far the best album to be released in 2008, and will likely retain that title at the end of the year. Also, their music video for "a-punk" is like watching John Lennon make love to Elvis.
frogurt

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Feb 4, 2008
 
no one will care about this band in 8 months.
joisy

Spring Hill, TN

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Feb 4, 2008
 
Hooray for Greg! I was explicitly looking for review posts that would underpin my vague disillusionment regarding the hype. I am really at a moment of crisis since I have always regarded Other Music, NYC and their capsule reviews as the gold standard to what is likely to be some real good stuff to buy. But lately we have had the (dis)pleasure of trying to reconcile the hype of Yeasayer, Xiu xiu, and *these* guys. I can only torture myself for only so long and then it is back to Akron/Family and Oxbow for a quick pick me up in these uncertain times.

Once again Greg, you're spot-on.
B motha uckin digggs

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Feb 5, 2008
 
I'm confused I thought he liked the cd. The title of his article is misleading but, I got the vibe that he liked it.
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jglynn

Schaumburg, IL

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Feb 5, 2008
 
I like the guitar sound on this album and there are some good rhythms (nice comparison with The Feelies btw). Overall I feel that this is one of those albums I will enjoy for a month or so but will be shelved sooner than later and rarely revisited.

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