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Modern Vampires of the City
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Any budding musician, songwriter or recording artist should listen to this album, which is a glowingly impressive example of how to craft an excellent collection of songs using a huge range of production techniques, orchestration and arrangements, without ever once making the end result sound cluttered. If you enjoy recording and making music you will love Vampires of the Modern City which is absolutely crammed with a vast array of colourful sounds and which is both a joy and great fun to behold. Man of many fine recordings, producer Ariel Rechtshaid has done an absolutely superb job on creating this gem of an album. Ya Hey!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Vampire Weekend's third album 'Modern Vampires of the City' is their best to date.

This indie band has always been a favourite of mine, but I held off buying until I heard the radio friendly 'Unbelievers' and the catchy 'Diane Young'. Those two tracks led to me almost immediately purchasing the album, and I was not disappointed.

Whilst definitely sounding different from their past releases, you can't mistake the sound of Vampire Weekend, and the quality of the music has stayed the same. Most of the songs are now less 'poppy' and more mature. The same good rhythms, vocals and interesting, complex lyrics are still here in spades. My hand-down favourite track is the beautifully composed 'Step' (quickly sneaking into my top 25 most played songs) which deserves to be the next single. There is a good variety of songs on this album, whilst there are still some 'poppy' and 'upbeat' tracks here (to keep in with that signature style which made them popular), there are others, slow songs which are perfect for just chilling out to.

Also, the album photography was extremely well done and the best I've seen in a while. I know it's far from essential when reviewing a CD, but I loved the packaging, the script-like lyric book and the Manhattan setting photographs were a nice touch.

If you like Vampire Weekend, I highly doubt that you'll be disappointed by 'Modern Vampires of the City'. If you don't already own their past couple of albums and are parcel to indie/rock/alternative music, I think this is the best to start off with. Here is a quality experimental record that has something for every listener to enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2013
Really enjoyable to hear pop with class, shades of early House martins, Big Star, Blurs Park life - but like all good new music it is none of the above, it is wha it is. Thoughtful, catchy, foot tapping in places you will feel the need to get up and move.
Really made the most of the vinyl opportunity, with a lovely pressing (ok we should take that as read) but a fold out poster with lyrics on the reverse making and the album art really pops at full size, the whole package is a thing of beauty.
The cherry on the top = they have bundled a CD - just in a clear plastic slip case, so you can rip to your smart phone or use on the many CD devices that are in cars and elsewhere in your life.
Great album, great vinyl and packaging - Excellent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2013
Bought all their albums so far and for immediate impact this is the weakest one so far but hopefully it will grow on me.
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on 21 May 2013
Wasn't sure on this album first time I heard it, being use to the more upbeat tunes on the first albums, I think I expected more of the same. But after listening to it a few more times I am now getting to appreciate the more intricate arrangements, the tracks are growing on me like a well worn pair of boots that have become too comfortable to take off. Think it could end up being my favourite album by VW to date!
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on 8 June 2013
This album is superb. Their sound has evolved, with a much more dream like quality to their music. Vampire Weekend were never ones to shy away from different styles, as shown with tracks as diverse as the slow and melancholy Hudson to the upbeat and lively Finger Back. Diane Young might just be runner up to Get Lucky in terms of summer anthem. No doubt their best album yet.
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on 19 June 2014
An excellent album. Consistently good songs. Variety abounds. Interesting sounds and lyrics. Lots of religious imagery and it is not always easy to know what it is all about but it seems to be more substantial than most stuff going around. I guess my only criticism is that some of the songs are a chorus or verse too long, which I think detracts from their punchiness.
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on 31 May 2013
This new album is their most intriguing yet, it sounds different enough but it is still unmistakably Vampire Weekend. I love the weird but smart lyrics that we've come to associate them with and the amazing sounds that they seem to have created, also how Ezra's unique voice has been put to even better use than in previous albums. It was definitely worth the wait!
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on 22 July 2013
Having seen the band live it is great to remember some of their excellent songs. The band are endearingly lyrical and melodic - good for a refreshing change of tempo and particularly suited to hot summer days. Once heard some of these tracks get stuck in your brain for days - good singalong stuff and a bit old fashioned but suits the mood of this Jult heatwave.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2013
Vampire Weekend are simply unlike any other band at the moment: they're instantly recognisable, effortlessly cool and they make wonderfully inventive music. Thank goodness this album lives up to expectations.

I instantly fell in love with their first self-titled album, but follow-up Contra took a few listens to endear itself and Modern Vampires is the same. I wasn't at all sure about the technical jiggery-pokery of the vocals on lead single Diane Young but I absolutely love the song now and I think the rest of the album will follow the same pattern. I already like it more and more with each listen.

A big sigh of relief then!
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