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Vampire Weekend - Father Of The Bride (2019) Published: May 3/19 Released: May 3/19 albumAlternative18 Tracks • 57 Minutes
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    SELECTED LINE: The indie group returns after a six-year hiatus with a lengthy album worth the wait. -The Wall Street Journal
    Father of the Bride is the fourth studio album by Vampire Weekend, released by Spring Snow through Columbia Records from Sony Music Entertainment on May 3, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Hold You Now (feat. Danielle Haim)2:33
    2. Harmony Hall5:08
    3. Bambina1:42
    4. This Life4:28
    5. Big Blue1:48
    6. How Long?3:32
    7. Unbearably White4:40
    8. Rich Man2:29
    9. Married in a Gold Rush (feat. Danielle Haim)3:42
    10. My Mistake3:18
    11. Sympathy3:46
    12. Sunflower (feat. Steve Lacy)2:17
    13. Flower Moon (feat. Steve Lacy)3:57
    14. 20211:38
    15. We Belong Together (feat. Danielle Haim)3:10
    16. Stranger4:08
    17. Spring Snow2:41
    18. Jerusalem, New York, Berlin2:54
℗ 2019 Spring Snow, LLC. under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Critic Reviews (112)

A very good little pop record that's not so little.

2 years ago


Father of the Bride is a revealing album.

80% 2 years ago

X-Press Magazine (AU) X-Press Magazine (AU)

Father Of The Bride is a sparklingly co-operative end product.

2 years ago

Live4ever Live4ever

The New York City outfit are in top form and show no signs of slowing.

90% 2 years ago

Beat Magazine Beat Magazine

Father of the Bride achieves the lofty feat of being the cheeriest Vampire Weekend album to date, but sadness lurks below its surface.

80% 2 years ago

Under The Radar Under The Radar

This is an enthralling record.

2 years ago

Hot Press Hot Press

While you are going to need an entire weekend to get through it all, Father of the Bride ultimately proves to be both a good time and a long time.

70% 2 years ago

nzherald nzherald

Vampire Weekend return with a breezy, easy hour’s listening which is the strongest iteration of their bright-eyed, bushy-tailed collegiate pop to date.

80% 2 years ago

The Scotsman The Scotsman

The New York three-piece has staked its claim to longevity.

2 years ago

The Saturday Paper The Saturday Paper

Vampire Weekend return with a colourful collection of songs that stretch their sound even further than before.

80% 2 years ago

The Edge The Edge

Although the group did not fascinate us during the entire marriage, we certainly do not request the divorce.

80% 2 years ago

Indiestyle Indiestyle

It feels increasingly bereft and hollow.

60% 2 years ago

Spectrum Pulse (CA) Spectrum Pulse (CA)

It is a fantastic release from one of the most interesting and talented bands currently making music.

90% 2 years ago

The Spill Magazine (CA) The Spill Magazine (CA)

Nothing else in modern music sounds quite like Vampire Weekend.

100% 2 years ago

Stereoboard (UK) Stereoboard (UK)

Vampire Weekend are back with their best album yet.

2 years ago

Hot Press Hot Press

It made me want to go to sleep and never wake up.

67% 2 years ago

The Spectator The Spectator

It’s a sedate, welcome, return that radiates cautious optimism, and, having survived a year at Cambridge, it’s a perfect fit for your summer.

2 years ago

Varsity Varsity

Father Of The Bride is an uplifting creative cavalcade.

85% 2 years ago

411MANIA 411MANIA

'Father of the Bride' is a tapestry as diverse and rich as the list of luxury collaborations that hide their credits.

83% 2 years ago

jenesaispop (ES) jenesaispop (ES)

It’s the sound of a band re-centring themselves.

70% 2 years ago

musicOMH.com musicOMH.com

A sprawling collection of 18 snippets, the kind of songs that feel even shorter than they are.

2 years ago

City Pages City Pages

They’re cheerful enough to make—and leave—a mess.

70% 2 years ago

FLOOD Magazine FLOOD Magazine

The group has expanded itself and the conception of what a band can be.

2 years ago

GQ Magazine GQ Magazine

They’ve still got it.

80% 2 years ago

Herald Sun Herald Sun

Complex songs in Vampire Weekend's notable sixth album.

2 years ago

The Straits Times The Straits Times (TOP)

While wavering at times in the journey to create a new Vampire Weekend, Koenig has successfully steered the band to shore and delivered another quality record.

80% 2 years ago

The Thin Air (IE) The Thin Air (IE)

Vampire Weekend have prevailed as the era’s most imaginative and transcendent group.

2 years ago

i-D i-D

An inventive double album.

2 years ago

KEXP KEXP

If in its unique way Vampire Weekend is capable of making its own White Album, maybe it's still on the path to its Abbey Road.

70% 2 years ago

PopMatters PopMatters

With its lush arrangements and bouncy lyrics, Koenig has delivered on his spring-like vision and brought some friends along for the ride.

2 years ago

BeatRoute BeatRoute

What bogs Father of the Bride down is the feeling that there is just too much going on.

50% 2 years ago

Highsnobiety Highsnobiety

With Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend continue to make great art about happiness, depression, and everything in between.

90% 2 years ago

The Young Folks The Young Folks

With Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend expand and re-contextualise their own creative universe.

75% 2 years ago

The 405 The 405

The songs are bright and loose, yes, but they’re also haunted by melancholy.

2 years ago

The Ringer The Ringer

Their least cool and maybe their best.

2 years ago


A weak Vampire Weekend album is still better than most other albums.

70% 2 years ago

Earbuddy Earbuddy

"Father Of The Bride" feels and sounds like Vampire Weekend has been holding its breath for six years, letting it all out in a colossal, colorful blow.

80% 2 years ago

soundmag.de soundmag.de

Absorbing and enthralling.

2 years ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

Father of the Bride is a highly ambiguous, lucid and polysemic record.

2 years ago

Liberation Liberation

A marriage of angst and optimism.

80% 2 years ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

Father of the Bride is a meditation on earthly chaos.

84% 2 years ago

Northern Transmissions Northern Transmissions

All in all, it’s a sonically lighthearted, but lyrically weighty and thought-provoking statement.

2 years ago

Entertainment Voice Entertainment Voice

Their new material feels lighter and more lyrically accessible, but very much in the traditional Vampire Weekend vein of epic storytelling and upbeat sounds.

2 years ago

Grammy Grammy

"Vampire Weekend" has become intelligent adult rock.

2 years ago

DN.no DN.no

18 songs is at least half a dozen too many on an album crying out for a judicious pruning.

40% 2 years ago

Irish Examiner (IE) Irish Examiner (IE)

Listening to Vampire Weekend's new album feels like taking a long, deep breath in the middle of Times Square.

2 years ago

POPDUST POPDUST

"Father Of The Bride" shows the more spontaneous side of Ezra Koenig's band, which in its own way invites us to recover carefree and innocence we believe lost.

65% 2 years ago

Ondarock.it Ondarock.it

"Father Of The Bride" works in every order.

90% 2 years ago

Rolling Stone (DE) Rolling Stone (DE)

More complex yet more direct than anything they've done before, Father of the Bride finds Vampire Weekend embracing change and delivering some of their most mature and satisfying music in the process.

90% 2 years ago

AllMusic AllMusic

Some ideas are complete and grandeur while others remain unfinished, but that's what makes it so masterful.

2 years ago

setlist.fm setlist.fm

It revels in pleasantness, peppered with quirky but cheerful touches that veil the mild unease expressed in the lyrics.

63% 2 years ago

Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune (TOP)

An ever so little masterpiece.

83% 2 years ago

Dagbladet (NO) Dagbladet (NO)

Over time it becomes a world that is nice to slip into.

2 years ago


Vampire Weekend are at their best on father of the bride.

2 years ago

Vulture Vulture

How can you be happy when the world is so messed up? Who knows, but there are enough pleasures here to hold the question at bay for a while.

80% 2 years ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

Perhaps the most exhausting and fluffiest album you've heard in a long time.

80% 2 years ago

Plattentests.de Plattentests.de

Vampire Weekend deserves to stand as strong as Blur did 15 years ago when it comes to innovative, alternative pop.

2 years ago

Soundvenue Soundvenue

The sound of the generation Napster.

2 years ago

ZEIT ONLINE ZEIT ONLINE

Vampire Weekend finds its perfect tasteful palette.

100% 2 years ago

Aftonbladet Aftonbladet

A more jangly, jamming, and surefooted chapter for the band.

2 years ago

RADIO.COM RADIO.COM

A major disappointment for perhaps the most anticipated indie rock album in recent memory.

53% 2 years ago

Paste Magazine Paste Magazine

There isn’t much reason to listen to this album more than once.

2 years ago

Washington Post Washington Post (TOP)

Overlong and overproduced, Father of the Bride conveys a sense of muddle and wrong decisions.

40% 2 years ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

Father of the Bride is shaggier, grander, brasher, and yet more ambivalent than any previous Vampire Weekend album.

2 years ago


Father of the Bride may not have the initial excitement and glistening energy of the band’s now-classic first three albums, but it offers a rewarding and audacious achievement of its own.

83% 2 years ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

There's plenty in this record to capture the imagination after six long years of waiting.

80% 2 years ago

Belfast Telegraph Belfast Telegraph

It’s a competent album.

70% 2 years ago

Soundblab Soundblab

For the believers, “Father of the Bride” could very well stand as a new favorite.

2 years ago

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

Vampire Weekend’s fourth album is too long for its own good.

40% 2 years ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)

Vampire Weekend return with a shaggy, sprawling double album all about rebirth, contentment, and the reclamation of light.

80% 2 years ago


“Father of the Bride” is 18 tracks of inventive, often brilliant ideas delivered with little concern for how palatable listeners might find them.

2 years ago


A multi-layered album both musically and lyrically that washes over the listener like a ray of spring sunshine at the end of a long winter of no new music.

2 years ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

The new album is bursting with ideas.

80% 2 years ago


The band’s first album in six years is a meandering disappointment.

40% 2 years ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

There's something for everyone on the 58 minute opus.

2 years ago

Coup De Main Coup De Main

Easy to laugh at, and all the more brave for it, ‘Father Of The Bride’ is a joyous, fearless listen.

80% 2 years ago

DIY Magazine DIY Magazine

Vampire Weekend still have our attention. Just don’t keep us waiting so long next time, eh?

80% 2 years ago

Dork Dork

FOTB is easily the most open Vampire Weekend record.

2 years ago

UPROXX UPROXX

Vampire Weekend have gone and made another masterpiece.

2 years ago


‘Father of the Bride’ is a graceful comeback.

2 years ago

BrooklynVegan BrooklynVegan

Vampire Weekend’s fourth album is adventurous, joyful, weird, and familiar in all the right ways.

91% 2 years ago


‘Father of the Bride’ is a commitment.

2 years ago


Their first album in six years sees VW integrating styles from country to flamenco into their preppy pop, often brilliantly.

80% 2 years ago


Vampire Weekend returns as the best indie band of their generation.

2 years ago


The band hits a fresh note on the 18 songs of the double album, combining down-to-earthness, psychological finesse and emotions.

83% 2 years ago

Musikexpress Musikexpress

With a steady hand, Vampire Weekend compile their strongest record yet.

2 years ago

STACK STACK

Whereas Modern Vampires… was moody and elaborate, Father… is much more mellow and warm.

2 years ago

Junkee Junkee

The whole album has an incredibly light feel. Not in content, exactly, but in tone.

2 years ago

Herald-Whig Herald-Whig

It stands as an example of how great art should make you feel.

90% 2 years ago

theMusic.com.au theMusic.com.au

Joyous indie rock with a touch of intellectual grit.

80% 2 years ago

The Telegraph (UK) The Telegraph (UK) (TOP)

Koenig is a formidable lyricist, and behind the music's occasional larkiness lies a record of high seriousness. [Jun 2019, p.88]

80% 2 years ago

Mojo Mojo

It's a relaxed record happily borrowing from the modern American songbook, a little Fleetwood Mac here, a little Paul Simon there.

80% 2 years ago

Clash Music Clash Music

A giddy, sprawling fourth record, Father of the Bride heralds the dawn of a new era for Vampire Weekend.

80% 2 years ago

The Skinny The Skinny

Father of the Bride pairs airy jaunts with obsessions over romantic doom and complacency, but arcs towards redemption and renewal.

80% 2 years ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

'Father of the Bride' is shaggy, psychedelic, and wonderfully strange.

2 years ago

NOISEY NOISEY

Vampire Weekend has never made a peppier, happier-sounding album than “Father of the Bride.”

2 years ago

The New York Times The New York Times (TOP)

Quite possibly their magnum opus.

2 years ago

Stereogum Stereogum

A cross-genre hybrid where anything is allowed.

2 years ago

Plattenladentipps Plattenladentipps

Some work very well, some lose themselves in the production superstructure and sometimes the album threatens to break with its diversity.

2 years ago

Sounds and Books Sounds and Books

More than anything else, time feels like the crucial ingredient on the group’s fourth record.

2 years ago

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times (TOP)

It's every bit as immediate and listenable as it is confident, and more buoyant overall than the sombre Modern Vampires. [June 2019, p.35]

70% 2 years ago

Uncut Uncut

Longer, looser, less eager to impress, and more American than its predecessors ... Vampire Weekend's prettiest album is also their weightiest. [June 2019, p.106]

80% 2 years ago

Q Magazine Q Magazine

The frenetic Columbia indie-rockers go laid-back California.

75% 2 years ago

Newsday Newsday

More often than not it’s a hit, not a miss.

80% 2 years ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

Father of the Bride features more country-folk songwriting than their usual alternative palate.

70% 2 years ago

Aesthetic Magazine (CA) Aesthetic Magazine (CA)

There are many moments that are quintessentially Vampire Weekend and will transport you back to their debut album.

2 years ago

The Current The Current

That production is perhaps the record’s greatest achievement. It begs for your best speakers, constantly surprising with quivering strings and crunched drums.

80% 2 years ago

theartsdesk.com theartsdesk.com

It feels much like a Koenig solo release; both in its in its indulgences, and in its reflection of a newfound easy maturity.

65% 2 years ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

Father of the Bride finds them at their most relaxed, jovial and inviting.

80% 2 years ago

Exclaim Exclaim

Father of the Bride is the worst Vampire Weekend album.

60% 2 years ago

Loud And Quiet Loud And Quiet

Father of the Bride is so zealously detailed and meticulously contoured that you easily sink into its inventions.

90% 2 years ago


The indie group returns after a six-year hiatus with a lengthy album worth the wait.

2 years ago

The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal (TOP)
User Reviews (5)

B.Bryan2 years ago
Serious Grateful Dead vibe! Is it just me or do Harmony Hall and Sunflower have a serious Grateful Dead vibe? If this is indicative of what the rest of the album sounds like then count me in!

Dhbvrtyhhb2 years ago
Excited The singles are fireee

christisgood(:2 years ago
Rostam Just not the same... Everything fell when Rostam left...

Lol @People Complaining About The Sound It sounds like them and better...looking forward to it all.

firenirsh2 years ago
Cant wait Man, these guys just know how to blend so many sounds, instruments, and harmonies. So many different tunes coming from so many perspectives. Old school sounds in Sunflower. Stay together guys and keep creating!
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