Vega Intl. Night School

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Vega Intl. Night School
Neon-Indian-VINS.png
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 16, 2015
Genre
Length51:21
LabelMom + Pop, Transgressive
Neon Indian chronology
Errata Anex
(2013)
Vega Intl. Night School
(2015)

Vega Intl. Night School is the third album by American electronic music band Neon Indian. It was announced on August 13, 2015, and was released on October 16, 2015. The album title was an intentional nod to Alan Palomo's other music project, titled VEGA, for which he has produced only a single EP. Noticing that ideas from both Neon Indian and VEGA were merging, Palomo decided to combine the two projects into one and retire the use of the VEGA moniker.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Vega Intl. Night School garnered critical acclaim from music critics, receiving a weighted mean of 79 out of 100 from Metacritic, based on 17 reviews.[3] Praising "the most rewarding of danceable peaks" in the album's middle section, Calum Slingerland of Exclaim! wrote that "Palomo's four-year absence has yielded a flashy, fun record with welcome diversity".[4]

After noting that "there's plenty of Tom Tom Club and Blondie in the album's bubbly disco", Heather Phares of AllMusic said, "In its own way, Vega Intl. Night School is just as immersive as Neon Indian's previous work and even more impressionistic, with a flamboyance that makes it a captivating standout within his own work as well as his contemporaries".[5]

Rolling Stone reviewer Renato Pagnani said, "Palomo peels back the layers of psychedelia that have sometimes obscured his work in the past, striving for a directness that results in the most crystallized – and accessible – version of his aesthetic yet".[6]

Sasha Geffen of Consequence of Sound praised "the sequence of 'Slumlord' into 'Slumlord's Re-lease' and 'Techno Clique'", declaring that it "proves to be Night School's centerpiece and the most concrete realization yet of Neon Indian as pure electronic music".[7]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
The A.V. ClubA-[8]
Consequence of SoundB[7]
Drowned in Sound9/10[9]
Exclaim!7/10[4]
musicOMH3.5/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork8.6/10 [11]
Q4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[6]

Year-end lists[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
The 405 The 30 Best Albums of 2015 2015
10
[13]
Complex The Best Albums of 2015 2015
44
[14]
Gorilla vs. Bear Best Albums of 2015 2015
35
[15]
The Line of Best Fit The 50 Best Albums of 2015 2015
[16]
No Ripcord Top 50 Albums of 2015 2015
49
[17]
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2015 2015
35
[18]
Pretty Much Amazing The 50 Best Albums of 2015 2015
15
[19]
Under the Radar Top 100 Albums of 2015 2015
20
[20]
Variance The 50 Best Albums of 2015 2015
17
[21]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Neon Indian.

No.TitleLength
1."Hit Parade"1:05
2."Annie"4:03
3."Street Level"4:02
4."Smut!"3:27
5."Bozo"1:23
6."The Glitzy Hive"3:51
7."Dear Skorpio Magazine"3:56
8."Slumlord"5:15
9."Slumlord's Re-lease"2:25
10."Techno Clique"4:32
11."Baby's Eyes"6:26
12."C'est la vie (Say the Casualties!)"3:03
13."61 Cygni Ave"4:04
14."News From the Sun (Live Bootleg)"3:53
Total length:51:21

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[23] 100
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[24] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Feenstra, Gerrit (2015-10-13). "Album Review: Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School". KEXP-FM Blog. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  2. ^ "The Director's Chair: A Chat with Neon Indian's Alan Palomo - Consequence of Sound". Consequence of Sound.
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for VEGA INTL. Night School by Neon Indian". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Slingerland, Calum (October 19, 2015). "Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Vega Intl. Night School – Neon Indian". AllMusic. 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  6. ^ a b Pagnani, Renato. Neon Indian: VEGA INTL. Night School. Rolling Stone. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 06 November 2015.
  7. ^ a b Geffen, Sasha (October 15, 2015). "Album Review: Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  8. ^ Partridge, Kenneth (October 16, 2015). "Neon Indian dances itself clean of the chillwave tag once and for all". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  9. ^ Miller, Kellan. Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School. Drowned In Sound. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 06 November 2015.
  10. ^ White, Chris. Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School. musicOMH 10 October 2015. Retrieved 07 November 2015.
  11. ^ Cohen, Ian (October 14, 2015). "Neon Indian: VEGA INTL. Night School". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  12. ^ "Critic Reviews for VEGA INTL. Night School - Metacritic". Metacritic.
  13. ^ "The 405's 30 Best Albums of 2015". The 405.
  14. ^ "The Best Albums of 2015". Complex.
  15. ^ "Gorilla vs. Bear's Albums of 2015". Gorilla vs. Bear.
  16. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2015". The Line of Best Fit.
  17. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2015". No Ripcord.
  18. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2015". Pitchfork.
  19. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2015". Pretty Much Amazing.
  20. ^ "Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2015". Under the Radar.
  21. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2015". Variance.
  22. ^ "VEGA INTL. Night School by Neon Indian on Apple Music". iTunes.
  23. ^ "Neon Indian Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  24. ^ "Neon Indian Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 27, 2015.