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A-Punk

by Vampire Weekend

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A-Punk

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Label: Xl
From the advance hype, you'd think Vampire Weekend were the first to consummate Anglo indie rock's infatuation with Afro-pop. But don't let the vague Africana of "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" or self-aware skank of "A-Punk" distract; the studious appropriations are more akin to Paul Simon's: merely terrific pop songs wearing funny hats. Even then, the lion's share of these tunes -- including "Campus" and "Oxford Comma" -- cite less exotic influences, like Spoon and the Strokes. But from whom they borrow hardly matters -- they do it wisely, resulting in an instantly familiar, hugely promising debut.

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From the advance hype, you'd think Vampire Weekend were the first to consummate Anglo indie rock's infatuation with Afro-pop. But don't let the vague Africana of "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" or self-aware skank of "A-Punk" distract; the studious appropriations are more akin to Paul Simon's: merely terrific pop songs wearing funny hats. Even then, the lion's share of these tunes -- including "Campus" and "Oxford Comma" -- cite less exotic influences, like Spoon and the Strokes. But from whom they borrow hardly matters -- they do it wisely, resulting in an instantly familiar, hugely promising debut.

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About This Album

From the advance hype, you'd think Vampire Weekend were the first to consummate Anglo indie rock's infatuation with Afro-pop. But don't let the vague Africana of "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" or self-aware skank of "A-Punk" distract; the studious appropriations are more akin to Paul Simon's: merely terrific pop songs wearing funny hats. Even then, the lion's share of these tunes -- including "Campus" and "Oxford Comma" -- cite less exotic influences, like Spoon and the Strokes. But from whom they borrow hardly matters -- they do it wisely, resulting in an instantly familiar, hugely promising debut.