Vampire Weekend

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

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
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.


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


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, 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 m... Continue reading
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

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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