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Well it is to me. Not since NWA's Straight Outta Compton have I enjoyed a record so much, yet related to the lyrics so little. This is a great, great album. They are great musicians and songwriters and the arrangements are quite interesting.
I remember going through a Paul Simon phase and thinking about how I'd like to start a band that copped that sound a little bit, and Vampire Weekend do that, but in their own unique and fun way.
I don't own the first album (GASP!) not yet anyway so I can't make any comparisons but for me this album stands on it's own.
I bought mine direct from the Vampire Weekend website and when you buy (the vinyl) through them (Kung Fu Nation), you get an instant MP3 download AND the record comes with a bonus CD of unreleased re-mixes.
If you do buy it from Kung Fu you will notice they charge $10 shipping but if you call them they will tell you how you can have it sent mediamail for 3.50.