Vampire Weekend

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Charming, evocative, and just a teensy bit foul.
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Based on 10 reviews

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Positive Messages

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

Violence
Sex
Language

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

Consumerism

Lip balm and clothing brands are mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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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 app... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byGamerbro July 7, 2009

Great album.

One of my favorite bands.

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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