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Darker in mood and grander in scope than the neon jungles of Contra, Modern Vampires of the City puts Vampire Weekend in league with Sgt. Pepper’s–era Beatles: a smart, musically omnivorous rock band-turned-studio-project trying to bottle lifetimes of worldly understanding in a 45-minute album. With help from co-producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Sky Ferreira, Haim, Brandon Flowers), the band joins mutant rockabilly (“Diane Young”) with music-box ballads (“Hannah Hunt”), choral music with reggae (“Ya Hey”) and punk with Celtic reels (“Worship You”). And as dense as the sound is, the overall impression somehow remains breezy, charming, and smart—philosophy you can blast at the bar.

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Looooove 💁❤️

Soon as I heard this album, my whole body tingled and I immediately fell in love. Not many songs make me feel this way, it's like they're helping me express my emotions.

My album of the year

Easily the best I've heard in 2013


Like so many bands before them, The Vampire Weekend have tried and failed miserably to emulate the success of a great first album. This album's "polished" sound can only be described as unmelodic, and boring. Not all Old school VW fans will deafly buy the album and think its great just because its made by VW. I'm sorry... Disappointment!


Formed: 2006 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Mixing preppy, well-read indie rock with joyful, Afro-pop-inspired melodies and rhythms, Vampire Weekend grew from one of the first bands to be championed by music bloggers into a Grammy Award-winning act that helped define the sound of the 2010s. Hailing from New York City, Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, and Chris Tomson formed the band early in 2006, when they were finishing up their studies at Columbia University. Taking their name from a short film Koenig made during his freshman...
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