ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Modern Vampires’ has bite

Print This Page

First Posted: 5/6/2013

When Vampire Weekend, a four-piece act from New York whose members are all Ivy League grads, released a digital copy of their new record a week before yesterday’s physical release date; they were pleasing fans in more way than one.

Sure, it’s nice to have an anticipated release a full week before those who pick it up in a store, but when the songs are as good as these twelve tracks, it feels like the band really did everyone a solid.

Former opinions about the band – both good and bad – will he shattered, and those who’ve spent the past five years not enjoying VW’s weekend will have a pretty hard time resisting this one.

“Modern Vampires of the City” isn’t a complete 180 turn from the group’s past two records; it still has the same distinct hooks, New York references and a little bit of blueblood run through the songs, but the band has grown and set a new bar for itself.

After writing this record during sound checks on their last tour and working with no deadline and an outside producer, the result are a dozen full songs that all share commonalities.

“Worship You” has a great charging rhythm that is offset by a distorted, impressive, and, in a way, giddy solo. Single “Diane Young” runs a million miles an hour, while the Outkast-punned “Ya Hey” is a slower tune that blooms perfectly.

Too often, bands either try to rewrite the same record or stray too far from the sound that broke them into their scene in the first place. “Modern Vampires” is a perfect balance and a great summer record.

It’s very early to claim the best records of 2013, but it shouldn’t be a huge surprise to see this record top a few lists when December rolls around.

Vampire Weekend ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ Rating: W W W W W