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Vampire Weekend’s third album is titled Modern Vampires Of The City, and it will be released in the US by XL Recordings on May 14th. The band will head out on tour surrounding the album’s release. The tour dates are listed below, and include shows in London and Paris, and the previously announced Coachella Festival. The band will also perform in Austin at SXSW and tape an episode ... Read more in Amazon's Vampire Weekend Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 14, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • ASIN: B00BB22GQM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (401 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Modern Vampires of the City is Vampire Weekend's third album, and it is a bustling world of voices and visions from the death of Henry Hudson to the Orthodox girl falling in love at an uptown falafel shop, from Hannah Hunt tearing up the New York Times on a distant beach to the lethal chandelier of "Everlasting Arms," from the ardent yearning of "Don't Lie" to the harmonized voice of hope in "Young Lion". Modern Vampires of the City has a grandeur and romanticism evocative of the city where it was conceived.

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This album is much more mature than the previous two efforts.
Kyle billemeyer
Along with clever lyrics, this album is great with a good mix of slow and fast songs.
Randy L. Kieffer
Every time i listen to the album, it gets better and better for me.

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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful By M. Hopkins on May 14, 2013
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I've been with Vampire Weekend ever since I first saw "A-Punk" on VH1, and am happy to say that they just keep getting better. I loved their first cd and then nearly went wild when Contra came out. But this one takes it to a new level. Rarely do you find artists willing to devote time to making songs that simultaneously are lyrically beautiful and musically textured. We saw that with the first two albums, and now Vampire Weekend has proven how consistent they are by delivering another round of catchy, layered tunes.

In all honesty, I was a bit hesitant in purchasing Modern Vampires, despite how habitually I listen to their other albums. Mainly, I thought their sound might be getting too different. But after listening to the samples, I decided to go ahead and make the purchase, if not just in support of their previous work. I was thoroughly relieved to find that I still feel a profound connection with their songs. In a way, they are getting different, but in no way have they rewrote their style. Modern Vampires of the City fits naturally in the VW trio, and gracefully echoes many of the themes found in previous tracks without any trace of redundancy. It also looks great next to their other albums.

A word to any of you still on the fence: the samples do not give this album justice! Without the natural context of the songs, you miss out on the smooth transitions between tracks. And these transitions play a key role in creating the progression of thought that weaves this album into the complex story that it is.

In short, this album is a real tribute to Vampire Weekend's resiliency in style. Modern Vampires of the City proves to be rife with songs that elicit strong visceral reactions and for many of the songs there will likely be a new interpretation for each listening.
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78 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rock on May 14, 2013
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The third album in the Vampire Weekend trilogy was met with the same fanfare the other two received (and for good reason). This band knows how to make a pop record. Not since Beck hit the scene, releasing his 1996 breakout album, Odelay, has a band managed to so expertly tow the line between experimental and poppy, uniting both the indie and mainstream listener. The band has its quirks but uses them to its advatage, unlike lesser indie bands that become obnoxious over time due to an eccentricity overload. Pop songwriting has always been a breeze for Vampire Weekend.

With that said, Modern Vampires of the City breaks away from the carefree summery spirit of its predecessors. Forget about the good schools and friends with pools; Cape Cod has been vacated for the winter. Mortality, faith, and existential crises are now on the agenda, playing against a cold monochromatic New York City skyline cloaked in a dense layer of smog (with a Bret Easton Ellis-style title tramp-stamped in the top corner for good measure). It's safe to say the band is making an uncomfortable transition into being... adults. Wistful, poignant, and incredibly melancholy, this album is a huge departure for the band but not an unwelcome one.

I have chosen to review this album track-by-track, as I have with past reviews.

"Obvious Bicycle" - Interesting choice for a first track. Arguably the least engaging song of the bunch, this song might have been better sequenced somewhere toward the end of the album. It seems a little too slow to kick things off properly but it does have a nice Wilco thing going on (and a very Mr. Roger's Neighborhood piano part at the end).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Boulevard on May 14, 2013
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With each record is seems that Vampire Weekend expands their unique sound ever so slightly. The summertime pop and world beats of their debut and the electronic loops and mellow ballads of Contra are all here, albeit with a fresh coat of paint and some challenging instrumentation that demands repeated listens. With Modern Vampires of the City they've crafted some of their finest work yet and have dispelled any doubts about whether they could survive beyond the initial hype that first surrounded them.

"Obvious Bicycle" is a slow and melodic opener, complete with heartbeat rhythms and Ezra Koenig's gentle crooning. "Step" combines the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel with a near-identical chorus to Bread's "Aubrey", yet it all comes together to create a relaxing and atmospheric track. "Diana Young" and "Unbelievers" sound a bit more conventional in their approach, harking back to the band's previous work and putting their upbeat sound up against darker and more contemplative lyrics. A majority of the album's tracks will be instantly familiar to any VW fan while also hosting enough surprises to keep them from sounding stale and rehashed. The gentle ballad "Hannah Hunt" is truly moving, a reassuring track that reminds us that this band's relentless energy can be easily poured into the tenderest of songs.

"Everlasting Arms" and "Don't Lie" are so weightless and natural that you can't help but be pulled in immediately. They provide a perfect compliment to the fast-paced energy of tracks like "Finger Back" and "Worship You". The pacing of the album is flawless, allowing for an accessible and attentive listening experience. Each track flows directly into the other, with hardly any space or silence between them.
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