by Nora Hogan
Vampire Weekend’s long awaited fourth LP, Father of the Bride, was released on May 6th of last year. Although the band lost one of its founding members, Rostam Batmanglij, the album received widespread critical acclaim, was nominated for Album of the Year, and won Alternative Album of the Year at the Grammys this year. These accolades come as no surprise for Vampire Weekend truly and honestly deserves the world.
LP is jam-packed with a variety of sounds and emotions that range from beachy pop “everything is happy and amazing” to the mellow tones of heartbroken confusion. Lead singer Ezra Koenig navigates through an evolved discussion of the complications that often accompany romantic relationships. His lyrics on this album build off of sentiments from the bands’ previous three LPs. In “Harmony Hall,” he even uses a lyric from a song from their other Grammy award-winning 2013 album Modern Vampires of the City, “Finger Back”: “I don’t wanna live like this, but I don’t wanna die.” I would be lying if I said that I didn’t cry when I heard “Harmony Hall” for the first time because of this lyric entirely. For dedicated Vampire Weekend fans, “FOTB” was well worth waiting for the end of the six year hiatus that the band took in creating this album. My favorite track from the album is most certainly, “This Life.” In the doom and gloom of seasonal depression, Ezra Koenig reminds me that sunshine still exists although he may be singing about his own impending existential crisis. Although the Recording Academy may make questionable decisions at times, they made no mistake in awarding Vampire Weekend Alternative Album of the Year at this year’s Grammys.