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Generally favorable reviews- based on 217 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: 27 out of 43
  2. Negative: 11 out of 43
  1. May 3, 2019
    10
    Finally the most anticipated album in the decade,
  2. May 18, 2019
    10
    This album is wow, my album of the year and it's only may. Highlights include the smithsy This life, the stunning Jerusalem New York BerlinThis album is wow, my album of the year and it's only may. Highlights include the smithsy This life, the stunning Jerusalem New York Berlin and the danielle haim duet Hold you now...wow incredible Expand
  3. May 15, 2019
    9
    Over the years, Vampire Weekend has evolved into one of my favourite bands, with some of the most memorable songs I've ever heard. Their debutOver the years, Vampire Weekend has evolved into one of my favourite bands, with some of the most memorable songs I've ever heard. Their debut was spectacular, Contra built on that, and in my opinion, Modern Vampires of The City is a masterpiece. So when this album dropped, it didn't disappoint in the slightest. Everything from the soothing and, well, harmonic Harmony Hall to the pitch-altering Spring Snow, and to the solemn closing track Jerusalem, New York, Berlin. While there are some things I thought could have been done a little better, such as the melodies, I think the positives of this album heavily outweigh the negatives. Expand
  4. May 8, 2019
    8
    Thoroughly enjoyed this album as a piece. A few are skippers but album as a whole has so much richness to get lost in.
  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 12, 2019
    5
    Very bland and safe. It starts off pretty well, but dips in quality and becomes ho hum boring. I much preferred it when VW were an indie bandVery bland and safe. It starts off pretty well, but dips in quality and becomes ho hum boring. I much preferred it when VW were an indie band making creative music. This lacks imagination, sounds like 1982 Michael Franks... twee and sweet. 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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