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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?
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.
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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?