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Generally favorable reviews- based on 201 Ratings

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  • Summary: After a six-year break and the departure of Rostam Batmanglij, the New York indie-rock band is finally back with a fourth studio album, produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and frontman Ezra Koenig. Guests include Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Steve Lacy (The Internet), Danielle Haim, and Jenny Lewis.
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Flower Moon
[Ezra Koenig & Steve Lacy] Flower moon, curse the night If the sun don't make things right Then it's gonna take a year Gonna take a year Flower moon,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 91
    It’s as good an album by a Rostam-less Vampire Weekend in 2019 as we could have possibly gotten, and the sound is a return to Vampire Weekend and Contra except arguably better with the ‘upgraded’ production and thoughtful textures. The change from indie to mainstream in the tiniest of microcosms: a Vampire Weekend album.
  2. May 3, 2019
    85
    An album that could soundtrack an afternoon picnic or be used as fodder for a doctorate thesis on songwriting. It’s a beautifully realized cipher in an age of unsatisfying answers.
  3. 80
    Depending on your mood, there’ll be songs you’d happily lop off for a more streamlined listen, but by and large, all of these songs make the patchwork much more vibrant.
  4. 80
    The tracks are playfully, restlessly inventive.
  5. May 14, 2019
    80
    Sure, Father of the Bride is messy and overlong—it lacks the sharp brevity of Vampire Weekend's first trilogy of albums. But it is also a smart, witty, comforting listen.
  6. May 6, 2019
    70
    At 18 tracks and 58 minutes, Father of the Bride is by far the longest release by a band whose brevity was once one of their best characteristics. This results in a not-insignificant amount of bloat, including at least one or two songs—like the lounge jazz disaster “My Mistake”--that should have been left in the outtakes pile.
  7. May 3, 2019
    53
    Throughout Father of the Bride, a record with half-baked political commentary (“Something’s happening in the country / And the government’s to blame”) and lazy wordplay (“All I do is lose but baby / All I want’s to win”), it feels as if Koenig turned away from what made his band so great in the first place, instead electing to adopt a sound that doesn’t necessarily fit him, one that comes off as derivative and frequently boring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 38
  2. Negative: 9 out of 38
  1. May 3, 2019
    10
    Finally the most anticipated album in the decade,
  2. May 23, 2019
    10
    This is simply a remarkably tender, thoughtful and wise album, and I cannot for the life of me see where the negativity of some reviews comesThis is simply a remarkably tender, thoughtful and wise album, and I cannot for the life of me see where the negativity of some reviews comes from. The song writing, inventiveness and scope of this album is breathtaking. Possibly, if not probably the finest album of the last decade..... of course some peoples ears just don't work properly, so may feel differently! Expand
  3. May 6, 2019
    9
    A grand return to a great band, it certainly isn't their best album, but is very close to Contra.
  4. May 13, 2019
    8
    It's exciting to see VW writing a brand new chapter on their timeline with FOTB, and most importantly, doing it so with utter dignity,It's exciting to see VW writing a brand new chapter on their timeline with FOTB, and most importantly, doing it so with utter dignity, curiosity as lively as ever, and pondering on the self amidst current issues. Ezra proves he's still a skilled songwriter and co-producer, and has managed to put himself upfront quite remarkably. I do sense a couple of tracks here don't do much on the tracklist's main intentions and conceptions overall, but they're definitely keeping things interesting. It was worth the wait. Expand
  5. May 19, 2019
    7
    Father of the Bride is less accessible than MVTC. Even so, guys continue to evolve in their sonority without leaving behind all their charmFather of the Bride is less accessible than MVTC. Even so, guys continue to evolve in their sonority without leaving behind all their charm that has been present since the debut. Expand
  6. May 4, 2019
    5
    This album is just ok. That's all there is too it. Half the tracks are exciting, whereas the others are flaccid. There isn't much growth orThis album is just ok. That's all there is too it. Half the tracks are exciting, whereas the others are flaccid. There isn't much growth or new ground, and FOTB fails to spark the same joy as the bands previous 3 records. Expand
  7. Jun 9, 2019
    1
    I waited 6 years for this!?!!!?!!!!!!???!!!!!???!!! Recyclable lightweight pop fluff. An insult to their fans. I need a shower after listeningI waited 6 years for this!?!!!?!!!!!!???!!!!!???!!! Recyclable lightweight pop fluff. An insult to their fans. I need a shower after listening to this album. Expand

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