Father Of The Bride (CD)


Vampire Weekend

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Amoeba Review

05/02/2019

Father of the Bride arrives 6 years after 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City, the longest gap between albums yet, and is the band’s most ambitious work to date. Forget Graceland, shades of Abbey Road and SMiLE-esque aspiration are all over this one, as Bride is pure kaleidoscopic pop artistry. At times breathless, meditative, uplifting or melancholy, sometimes all at once, Bride shuffles through influences new and old as effortlessly as a rolodex. Yes, the hip-hop references are still intact, as “This Life” interpolates Khalid into a “Brown Eyed Girl”-evoking jaunt whose central earworm hits the same immediate pleasure center that singles like “Oxford Comma” did all those years ago. “Big Blue” and “2021” are gorgeous pop miniatures that weave like small threads through a much larger tapestry, with the funky “Sunflower” serving much the same purpose, updating Roy Ayers and co. in a way similar to contemporaries Thundercat and The Internet (and featuring the latter’s very own Steve Lacy on guitar). “Harmony Hall” is, no other way to put it, Vampire Weekend gone full jam band, a Black Crowes-worthy piano-led feel-good reverie, minus any of the actual incessant jamming.

Out of the near hours’ worth of music here, Bride’s mission statement arrives in the form of winkingly-titled “Unbearably White”, which is surely how Vampire Weekend detractors view the band at large. With the “white” referencing the literal hue of heavy sheets of snow and blank diary pages, Ezra Koenig presents us with a brilliantly self-aware couplet that arrives halfway through the song: “Presented with darkness, we turn to the light, could’ve been smart, we’re just unbearably bright.” In an age in which skinny dudes with guitars and NME-cosigns have lost nearly all the cultural relevance they used to command, there could not be a better epitaph for the indie pop and blog rock heroes of yesteryear. Nor could there be a more fitting band to write it than Vampire Weekend.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Hold You Now
Vampire Weekend , Danielle Haim 02:33
2.
Harmony Hall
Vampire Weekend 05:08
3.
Bambina
Vampire Weekend 01:42
4.
This Life
Vampire Weekend 04:28
5.
Big Blue
Vampire Weekend 01:48
6.
How Long?
Vampire Weekend 03:32
7.
Unbearably White
Vampire Weekend 04:40
8.
Rich Man
Vampire Weekend 02:29
9.
Married In A Gold Rush
Vampire Weekend , Danielle Haim 03:42
10.
My Mistake
Vampire Weekend 03:18
11.
Sympathy
Vampire Weekend 03:46
12.
Sunflower
Vampire Weekend , Steve Lacy 02:17
13.
Flower Moon
Vampire Weekend , Steve Lacy 03:57
14.
2021
Vampire Weekend 01:38
15.
We Belong Together
Vampire Weekend , Danielle Haim 03:10
16.
Stranger
Vampire Weekend 04:08
17.
Spring Snow
Vampire Weekend 02:41
18.
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin
Vampire Weekend 02:54

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