Modern Vampires of the City

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
At the time of its release, Modern Vampires of the City was touted as a "deeper" offering from Vampire Weekend. While that's true to an extent, it downplays the equally heartfelt and clever songs on their first two albums. What is undeniable is that Modern Vampires is a lot less obviously showy than the band's previous work. They trade in Contra's bright eclecticism for a less audacious production style and smaller instrumental palette: guitar, organ, harpsichord, and the occasional sample combine into a rarefied sound that suggests a more introspective version of their debut, and the band bookends the album with some of its most literal and insular chamber pop on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
At the time of its release, Modern Vampires of the City was touted as a "deeper" offering from Vampire Weekend. While that's true to an extent, it downplays the equally heartfelt and clever songs on their first two albums. What is undeniable is that Modern Vampires is a lot less obviously showy than the band's previous work. They trade in Contra's bright eclecticism for a less audacious production style and smaller instrumental palette: guitar, organ, harpsichord, and the occasional sample combine into a rarefied sound that suggests a more introspective version of their debut, and the band bookends the album with some of its most literal and insular chamber pop on "Obvious Bicycle" and "Young Lion." Modern Vampires' quieter approach also showcases what might be most enduring about Vampire Weekend's music -- endearing melodies and carefully crafted lyrics. It also fits Ezra Koenig's preoccupations on this set of songs, chief among them the fact that we're all going to die. The band sums up all of this brilliantly on "Step," where the music's hip-hop beats and harpsichords reflect the allusions to Souls of Mischief and growing pains in Koenig's lyrics. Elsewhere, Vampire Weekend tones down the quirks that may have polarized listeners before; songs like "Everlasting Arms" and "Unbelievers" walk the fine line between cheery and grating so well that they could win over those who previously found them too peppy and preppy. Similarly, Modern Vampires of the City's political allusions are also subtler than they were on Contra, where the band brandished them like college students all too willing to display their awareness of current events: Koenig sounds offhanded when he sings "though we live on the US dollar/We got our own sense of time" on "Hannah Hunt," and even the album's most overtly political song, the darkly verbose "Hudson," adopts a more historical stance as it incorporates everything from 17th century explorers, pre-war apartments, and exclusive New York neighborhoods into its meditations on fate versus free will. Of course, Vampire Weekend can't completely stifle their exuberance, and the album's louder moments stand out even more vibrantly against the subdued ones. "Diane Young"'s brash, buzzy mix of doo wop, surf, and punk feels like a nod to Contra as well as Billy Joel's "You May Be Right," and Koenig sings "I don't wanna live like this, but I don't wanna die" with so much joy on "Finger Back" that it celebrates life as much as it contemplates mortality. Ultimately, Modern Vampires of the City is more thoughtful than it is dark, balancing its more serious moments with a lighter touch and more confidence than they've shown before. Even if Koenig and company fear getting old, maturity suits them well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2013
  • Label: Xl Recordings
  • UPC: 634904055622
  • Catalog Number: 40556
  • Sales rank: 2,533

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Obvious Bicycle (4:11)
  2. 2 Unbelievers (3:22)
  3. 3 Step (4:11)
  4. 4 Diane Young (2:40)
  5. 5 Don't Lie (3:33)
  6. 6 Hannah Hunt (3:57)
  7. 7 Everlasting Arms (3:03)
  8. 8 Finger Back (3:25)
  9. 9 Worship You (3:21)
  10. 10 Ya Hey (5:12)
  11. 11 Hudson (4:14)
  12. 12 Young Lion (1:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vampire Weekend Primary Artist
Brendan Ryan Accordion
Fanny Franklin Background Vocals
Elizabeth Lea Trombone
Jeff Curtin Drums
Rostam Batmanglij Banjo, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Shaker, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Chris Baio Bass, Group Member
Ezra Koenig Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Angel Deradoorian Background Vocals
Danny T. Levin Trumpet
Chris Tomson Drums, Group Member
Seth Shafer Tuba
Adam Shatz Saxophone
Technical Credits
Ariel Rechtshaid Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Emily Lazar Mastering
Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus Sample Source
Joe LaPorta Mastering
Chris Kasych Pro-Tools
Jeff Curtin Engineer
Rostam Batmanglij Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, drum programming, Art Direction, Brass Arrangment, Cover Design
Ezra Koenig Composer, Lyricist, Art Direction, Cover Design
Angel Deradoorian Vocal Arrangements
Matt de Jong Booklet Design, Layout
Juan Pieczanski Engineer
Nick Rowe Engineer
Chris Tomson Composer
Dave Schiffman Engineer
Alex John Beck Band Photo
Shruti Kumar Score Copyist
Neal Boenzi Cover Photo
Michael Harris Engineer
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  • Posted June 8, 2013

    Really great album. Honestly, Vampire Weekend never disappoints.

    Really great album. Honestly, Vampire Weekend never disappoints. A majority of the songs are somewhat slow or just chill, with the exception of a few upbeat songs. Definitely give this album a shot.

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