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Vinyl LP pressing. 2013 release, the third album from the Alt-Rock heroes. Modern Vampires of the City 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.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 12.52 x 12.32 x 0.12 inches; 10.02 Ounces
- Manufacturer : XL Recordings
- Item model number : 30165842
- Original Release Date : 2013
- Date First Available : February 5, 2013
- Label : XL Recordings
- ASIN : B00BB22GSU
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,642 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2018
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I was so ready to tear them apart, and that would really hurt because they are one of my favorite bands. I had to listen to this album again and again; I even had to listen to some old music by them before I could write this. I had to keep in mind the whole time advice a friend gave me, "...Bands should be allowed to experiment, try different artistic styles, grow...you know evolve." And despite her stupid advice, that is true and I have been using that when my bands decide to go left field and it has worked everytime. With that said I like the album.
I was going to say to look at this as a different band and separate it from Vampire Weekend, but I have since disregarded that completely. This album is Vampire Weekend, and I actually feel this is Vampire Weekend at its core (I.E: Vampire Weekend is the name). This is the more dark, spiritual, more serious tone while we are use to getting the light, fun, airy side of the band. If we actually look inside of ourselves, we always knew this was coming and I think the band finally thought it was time and that we could handle it. From the brilliant response I think that's the case, although some people don't get it that is understandable I was like a lot of them at first.
I do feel this album is different but good and if you open your mind you can really get down with it. Listen to "Obvious Bicycle, Step, Finger Back, Ya Hey," they are amazing and Vampire Weekend are still in there. I feel this is more New York inspired, as it was named, and the album cover shows and gives us a little more of their New York City music roots then the more up-tempo wordiness of the band and the music. Like they said in Unbelievers, "I'm not excited, But should I be, Is this the fate that half of the world has planned for me?" Kind of appropriate here, don't you think?
I am sure the band felt a lot of pressure and they should be allowed to try new things and evolve. We get stuck in our own selfish wants we forget that they are their own people and we don't own the music, the music owns us. We are blessed to live in a time where our favorite band is alive and together and just so happens to be putting out music while we are alive to enjoy it. This is the music of our time and we are watching it evolve and grow itself. We should just be lucky about that part and stop trying to make the world what we want to be, how successful is that ever, really!?
So I for one am anxious to see what one of my favorite bands goes from here and this seems like a good start. I couldn't give it five stars because it's a lot left field, but good. I love Contra even better and so glad that came before!!!! But it's good!
I don't feel the sentiments that other fans feel here. I think "Modern Vampires Of The City" is not far from their first two works. I don't feel the band has drastically changed their sound. I don't feel they've matured. I don't feel this is a darker album. I don't get any of it.
I like "Modern Vampires Of The City" the same as I like their first two albums. Strong melodies, solid musicianship, well crafted and produced albums. "Modern Vampires Of The City" is no "Sgt. Pepper's", no "Dark Side Of The Moon", no "Achtung, Baby", no "Automatic For The People" and certainly no "Graceland" or "Remain In Light". I consider Vampire Weekend to still be a hybrid band trying to find their own voice when it's very hard to be original and fresh.
My favorite tracks are the fast ones--"Unbelievers", "Diane Young", "Finger Back" and "Worship You". In fact, "Worship You" totally sounds like Talking Heads' "Thank You For Sending Me An Angel" from their 1978 album "More Songs About Buildings And Food". Just without the fast paced vocals.
I also enjoyed "Obvious Bicycle", "Step", "Everlasting Arms" and "Ya Hey", which are nearly as strong and infectious as my top four.
The other four songs are why I subtract one full star. "Don't Lie", "Hannah Hunt", "Hudson" and "Young Lion" are not up to par with the rest of the album. They need to stay away from this musical direction in the future. These songs do not really enhance the album, though they do bring a little texture.
Still, this isn't enough to bring the album down. I am always trying to be objective when listening to music rather than blindly worshipful or negatively chastising. If an album is five stars I will give it five stars, and if it's terrible, I won't hesitate to give it one star. "Modern Vampires Of The City" is the same as their previous two albums--four stars. None of them have earned landmark classic status, and none of them have been remarkably weak. They're all very good albums, all worth buying and listening to repeatedly. If you haven't listened to this band, you really should. If you have listened, and you don't know your pop music history, you should now go buy and listen to Paul Simon, Talking Heads/David Byrne, Johnny Clegg/Johnny Clegg & Savuka/Juluka, Peter Gabriel, The Clash, The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Creatures, Fleetwood Mac (Fleetwood Mack (1975), Rumours (1977), Tusk (1979)) to name but a few.
Here's how "Modern Vampires Of The City" compares with Vampire Weekend's previous works:
2008 Vampire Weekend: Four Stars
2010 Contra: Four Stars
2013 Modern Vampires Of The City: Four Stars
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Modern Vampires of the City doesn't really get going the same as the other two albums. After many plays it still has the VW charm and quirky vocal delivery but the feel good element has been replaced by darker elements - still good, but I prefer the fuller more balanced sound of their previous attempts.