Sunday, December 21, 2008

Black's # 9 album of 2008

# 9
Vampire Weekend
XL Recordings - 01/29/08

I have to say that I'm a little sick and fuckin' tired of hearing how Vampire Weekend are a product of the hype machine. Yes, I do agree that they benefited by releasing an easily accessible album at the right time of the year and then continued to ride that wave to perfection for the rest of the year, but what seems to continually be lost in any discussion of the band is that they actually made a great record. People were quick to say, "this record is good, but I can't see it having any longevity, it will fade out as fast as it caught on." Well, it's been just under a year and I find those afro-pop tunes just as pleasing as I did back in January.

When you get right down to it, the strength of this record lies in the songwriting. Vocalist and lead guitar player Ezra Koenig splashes clever lyrics all over the album and well some border on the edge of pretentiousness, most come across as commentary on his life at hand. Keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij is without a doubt the silent killer in the band, as his riffs tie songs together and often enforce the catchy melodies to straight-ass bangers.

If you have not already done so, get your hands on this album. Feel free to click on the bangers below to check out the videos and songs. Vampire Weekend really know how to make some great videos, as they are all pretty damn cool. Enjoy.

STANDOUT BANGERS: A-Punk, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, Oxford Comma, M79

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