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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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Breathtaking - a true masterpiece!!

Vampire Weekend have really outdone themselves with this most recent effort. They are no longer those kids in their early 20’s writing about oxford commas. They have matured as a band and this album is as good as anything they’ve done. Their songs are no longer about youthful or mundane concepts. They have really dug deep on this latest effort - singing about regret, loss, love, and religion – the types of things adults in their late 20’s begin to think about more and more as they enter a quarter-life crisis. This is Vampire Weekend’s most clever, thought-provoking album yet. The way they blend all the songs together into a magnificent concept album is astounding. This will go down as one of the best concept albums of the 21st century, along with The Decemberists’ The Hazards of Love and Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. The album cover is a great metaphor showing how anthropogenic emissions can kill people in a similar manner as vampires – hence, acting as a “modern vampire” in this day and age. The photo was taken on the smoggiest day in New York City back in 1966. I have streamed this album 5 times now and it just keeps getting better and better with each listen! The standout tracks are Obvious Bicycle, Step, Don’t Lie, Hannah Hunt, and Ya Hey. Enjoy this masterpiece! Albums like this do not come out everyday!


So far the four or so leaked/released tracks show that this is going to be an amazing album! I can't wait to hear the rest, especially if the ones that we have heard are this good!

It sounds GREAT

Their sound has evolved and it's new and exciting but it's still got their classic sound. And iHawkeye5 who rated it three stars because of itunes . . . your reviewing the album not itunes, don't do that -__-


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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