Album Review- Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City
Another Hugely Anticipated album is here. The kings of Indie pop are back with their 3rd studio LP ‘modern vampires of the city’. Will it be as successful or as good as the commercially and critically acclaimeed ‘contra’ lets see.
Obvious Bicycle- This is a nice song with very interesting lyrics and a decent use of the piano. I Like the tracks quite relaxed summer vibes and overall its toe tapping tendencies. Not too dis-similer to something you could her on ‘Contra’ however it is still fresh and original enough to stand out.Great vocals also present. 4/5
Unbelievers- This song is catchy summery and just great. It is very classic Vampire weekend. It is an up tempo pop masterpiece and is so infectious. Toe tapping and infectious overall.Great intrumentals at the end with the wind instruments. 4/5
Step- WE already have this song stuck in our head don’t we? A very interesting intro and oce again quirky lyrics and charismatic vocals. The intrumentals really stand out on this track. I was singing along to this on first listen!! Although this song was overshadowed by ‘Diane Young’ I still believe that this song is just as good just in a different way. 4.5/5
Diane Young- This song was a perfect first single. It is unbelievably catchy and just up their with singles like ‘cousins’ and ‘a-punk’ as the best VW singles ever!! I love the vocal distortion and just everything about the song. Indie pop perfection 5/5
Don’t Lie- Great strong drums throughout. This song is a little softer more like’obvious bicycle’.
It is on par with all of the other songs with its great instrumetals. The string section is a welcome addition to a VW song.`It is soft swee and (as every other song on this record is) Catchy as hell.
Hannah Hunt- Yet again another beautiful intro and some of the most interesting lyrics on the album. This song tells a great story.The song is over all stunning. I just love it’s use of story telling.
Although it may one of the slowest tracks with the simplest instrumental it is the most effective. 5/5
Everlasting Arms- This song is another great one . It has a good build up and great guitar riffs. This song is just as infectious as the singles and has great voclas and strong drum beat and the use of strings also adds to an already good song.. GREAT 4/5
Finger Back- Back to the toe tapping tunes again!! The vocals are quirky and cool. Perfect for a road trip. On par with the rest of this album this track is perhaps most reminiscent of the self titled record however it brings fresh new elements to show the bands progression. 4/5
Worship You- Fast Paced frantic and just a great tune overall. IT has a great use of drums and just flows brilliantly 4/5
Ya Hey- Another song i had already heard and another favorite. It has a ctahcy tune and great lyrics ( as per with VW). Just another Brillaint song to add to the list of Brilliant songs that make up this album. This song just makes me smile and yet the lyrics make me think. One of the best songs of the year. 5/5
Hudson- A dark haunting song that is a nice change of pace. The lyrcis are some of the most interesting and the song itself is just a real stand out amongst the Indie pop sounds of most of the other tracks.. 4.5/5
Young Lion- A nice short little song to end an epic album. The piano is just so good on this track and really reflects how great the piano is really great overall on all the tracks that it features on this album. 4/5
Overall this album is what I believe to be Vampire Weekend’s Best to date. It is one of the best records of the year. Its fresh attitude toward Indie pop nis refreshing and it also has alot of varied outside influences that all come together to create the album that is ‘Modern Vampires of the City’.
Their best effort to dates and one of the best albums of the year.
Hannah Hunt, Ya Hey, Diane Young.