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Vampire Weekend

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Charming, evocative, and just a teensy bit foul.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The presence of so many musical influences from all over the world lends a subtle message of inclusiveness.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

"F--k" and "s--t" make a few appearances.

Consumerism

Lip balm and clothing brands are mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the CD from a band that's getting all kinds of buzz includes several instances of "f--k" and "s--t," and a bit of product placement. Otherwise, the group's sound is clean, fresh, and world-music-influenced inclusive.

What's the story?

Vampire Weekend's fresh, charming sound employs a variety of world-music influences, and just enough four-letter words to nab an "explicit content" label. Aside from a few "s--ts" and "f--ks" -- and some lip balm and clothing brand mentions -- the lyrics are visual, evocative, and intelligent.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Vampire Weeknd's self-titled debut CD contains eleven tightly-produced tracks with a United Nations approach to musical influences. Peruvian flute and African guitar, strong, expressive rhythm and percussion tracks, and occasional classically-influenced string and synthesizer fills, provide an enchanting backdrop for some of the most delightful and original indie rock to come along in a while. Upbeat without ever resorting to slick perkiness, this New York quartet is likely to be tearing it up for a long time to come.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the unusual instrumentation and variety of influences on the CD. Peruvian flutes, African guitar music, and reggae beats are all a part of the group's indie-rock sound. With lyrics this evocative and poetic, do you think the band really needed to use four-letter words to make a point, whatever it is?

Music details

Artist:Vampire Weekend
Release date:January 29, 2008
Label:XL Recordings
Genre:Indie Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byGamerbro July 7, 2009

Great album.

One of my favorite bands.
Teen, 14 years old Written byalpine skier March 1, 2014

Positive, cheerful, yet intelligent music

Although there is some unnecessary swearing, this excellent album is a great intro for children to alternative music. The songs are upbeat and harmonious with meaningful lyrics. Each track has a catchy melody and instrumental background of guitar, keyboard, and rhythmic drums. The band members are admirable; they are well educated, which is portrayed in the songwriting. Vampire Weekend was actually the first band I started listening to, which was when I was nine. I recommend this record to adults and children who will overlook and reject the harsh language, and rather focus on the beautiful songs instead.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byNyctophilia June 7, 2013

'Vampire Weekend': A Feel-Good Summer Album For Teens and Young Adults

Mild swearing on the album ('Oxford Comma'; track 2), some drug and sensual references, but overall is a great album. This album probably will not appeal to children, due to it's genre (Indie), but it's good for teenagers and young adults.
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