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Album of the Year Material

posted Oct 28, 2013, 10:33 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Oct 28, 2013, 10:34 PM ]

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By Sean Silva


Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City is an incredibly elegant and enchanting collection of songs that shows off their usual intelligence while managing to be fresh and discernible from their two previous albums.

It is their second consecutive album to reach the number one place in the U.S. Billboard 200 and has earned them dazzling acclaim on all fronts. But why?

Vampire Weekend is at the top of their game with smart, thoughtful lyrics and a musical precision that could only be theirs. This album is riddled with religious themes and ideas of mortality. This give it a unique character not present Contra or Vampire Weekend (two other albums). Along with the aforementioned motifs, their historical references are present. Their sound has changed but has paradoxically remained similar so that anyone familiar with the band would know it is them.

Notable tracks on the album include: Unbelievers, a poignant piece about the realities of the world through the eyes of a couple who are the eponymous “unbelievers”; Step, a lyrical masterpiece that is also incredibly catchy; Diane Young, a fast-paced hit released as a single before the album was out, with a great story and a clever play on “dyin’ young”; Hannah Hunt, a powerful look at an up-and-down relationship with a seamless connection to The Great Gatsby; Finger Back, an energetic hit with blistering lyrics and pace; Worship You and Ya Hey, two songs that prominently feature religious themes and symbols; and Hudson, a haunting  piece that makes the listener uneasy (as is intended) and is chock-full of references that feel natural with the chorus.

Each song in the album is a piece of art in of itself. And when put together they form a cohesive picture of Vampire Weekend’s personality. Some have praised their transformation from Ivy League-esque indie-pop to what they are now, citing earlier pieces to be more shallow and less profound, but the truth is they have been consistently excellent. From Vampire Weekend to now, they have been closer to a parody of the purported WASP, old-money lifestyle than actual representatives of it. They are, upon closer inspection, just four guys who enjoy making music. In any case, Modern Vampires of the City solidifies their image as sharp, intelligent musicians with a talent for thought-provoking and relevant lyrics. Modern Vampires of the City is absolutely worthy of a nomination for the title of Album of the Year, even this early in the year.