Album on Rotation Today—Red, Yellow & Blue by Born Ruffians


But even if Red Yellow Blue overstays its welcome for one song, it still counts as one of this new year’s most engaging and endearing indie-rock debuts. Which may echo the sentiments attributed to another debut album on this site recently, but then Born Ruffians are the Vampire Weekend you don’t have to fret over– all the witty wordplay and jingle-jangle joy, none of the nagging questions about Afro-pop appropriation and Ivy League privilege.

I’m way more familiar with their 2013 album Birthmarks, but apparently Red, Yellow & Blue is more beloved. The Vampire Weekend-like is true, but maybe there was just something in the water in 2008.


April 27, 2020