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so this is a really good album
I'm excited for this album. The songs they've put out so far have been great.
they've gone whole hog on making Graceland II and it's a lovely little thing
Was hoping for something a bit darker here.
Quietly impressed. Looking forward to listening again and concentrating more on the middle section, passed me by a bit.
i wasn't too sold on the idea of them giving up the whole indie pop thing but boy did they do it well
they'd been talking about how this was going to be much darker and so forth, which i was cynical about because much of what i'd loved about them was their simplicity.
its so so good. ive always been a fan but oh man. on my 4th listen and just so impressed. cant wait to own this and read the lyric sheets and listen to it everywhere.
if they didn't ruin it with those vocals
i know it's going to get called "brave" and "challenging" just like that piece of shit at the end of bon iver's last album. except i really like ya hey, just hate those chipmunk vocals.
No one thinks it's "challenging", it just sounds really good. The "emperor's new clothes" criticism is a mug's game.
it's not a good song tho pal sorry 2 in4m u
An old bastard.
You heartless bastard
welll now i feel bad
It's about religion and confusion and not really knowing if you should identify with a god or whatevz.
The squashed vocals aren't "ya hey" but "yahweh." It's something to do with a Jewish God or something.
And that's why it's so good: Ezra is the king of ambiguity even if its mostly incoherent and scattered. I think his imagery and turn of phrase makes up for it and it's just really good fun to listen to.
then this is a band that hasn't really put a foot wrong yet. impressive
"Too clever for their own good"/ "Rich kids ripping off African music" (because ripping off three chord punk is OK but everything else is forbidden, have I got that right?)
Bollocks. What they are is a pop band, and a fucking fantastic one.
Critical darlings, do well commercially. Very rarely see anyone giving them any stick.
but they get plenty for who they are, as it were, which I find really petty.
Have now done a preview of the new album on iTunes. Might even be their best...
Early days but I've had a few listens and love it.
but Contra left me a big cold.
The first album was the most original thing I heard that year (2008 was it?). That African-indie fusion reminded me so much of one of my all-time favourite albums - Malcolm McLaren's Duck Rock
They're playing The Troxy tonight aren't they? Kinda wish I was going now.
...And it were bloody brilliant
. . . so gave the stream a listen expecting to not really enjoy it but was pleasantly surprised to rather enjoy it. There's a few moments where I feel they're trying a bit too hard to make sounds that get them described as "eclectic" but are more aptly described as "zany" or "wacky" neither of which is great (Wacky Races being the exception to the rule!).
In spite of that I enjoyed it, I sense it'll take a few more listens until my opinion settles on it, it's certain;y better than I expected but it may lie on the "good" part of the spectrum rather than "great."
It seems to upset the album's rhythm a bit
easily up there with their best. How it fits on the album I dunno, haven't heard it yet.
find vampire weekend pretty hard to love though, usually when i listen to their songs i just end up thinking 'this is clever'
...is that when I go back to the albums after a long break they never sound as good as I remember them. Not sure why this is. The first album in particular sounds very weak.
I hope this one bucks the trend. That is all.
but, yuck, this sounds awful. Lost any sort of charm and have ended up sounding like Arcade Fire. Made me feel a bit ill.
Whether or not you think that album is good or bad, it doesn't sound like Arcade Fire. It just doesn't.
What similarities are you hearing? I'd be keen to know.
Not a massive fan but its a decent album. And it sounds absolutely nothing like arcade fire.
Arcade Fire all over that album. Ezra might as well change his name to Win Butler and get it over with.
more than anything, Vampire Weekend don't suffer from those illusions of self importance that weigh Arcade Fire's music down. i'm no massive fan of VW, but to my surprise they have proved themselves to be a very charming band on this record.
or Vampire Fire.
Might be a step too far.
It's good, but not that good
they gave high 8s to the first two, and this is a "progression" makes complete sense.
It shows in the reviews. They cover absolutely all bases and this one is particularly rife with links. Good review tho.
Then it'd be a great help if they got the big releases like this out on launch day!
That said, they usually have new releases up by the afternoon. Wonder if VW are going for a delayed stream release? Wouldn't be the first band.
That said, it'll probably be out tomorrow.
I can't believe it's probably going to end up one of my favourites from the year.
Bought it for my journey down to london and pretty much had it on repeat the whole way down. Lots of lovely hooks/ideas/melodies etc etc.
Are two of the very best songs of the year. Both amazing.
this album is still amazing.
Always found them over-considered and somewhat disingenuous.
But this record is absolutely spectacular. Genuinely stunned and somewhat baffled...
But this really is a bit of a classic isn't it? Easily one of my favourites of the year.
But this one is even better. One of my favourites of the year.
it's so incredibly hit and miss. some really great tracks (diane young, step, ya hey, hudson) are spoilt by some really dire ones (don't lie, hannah hunt, everlasting arms, worship you).