Modern Vampires of the City

Modern Vampires of the City

Music CD - 2013
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Modern Vampires of the City is Vampire Weekend's third album. The album is a bustling world of voices and visions. Modern Vampires of the City has a grandeur and romanticism evocative of the city where it was conceived.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : XL Recordings, [2013], ℗2013
Branch Call Number: 7.8164 Va
Characteristics: 1 audio disc (43 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Modern Vampires of the City is perhaps the catchiest, most joyous-sounding album to explore death that I have ever heard. The third release from collegiate prep rockers Vampire Weekend shows emotional and musical growth as lead singer Ezra Koening struggles with his own mortality.

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mmg2681 Nov 30, 2015

Vampire Weekend is one of my favorite bands, but this album did not really impress me much.

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IulianHectorNarada
Jul 04, 2015

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Modern Vampires in the City [XL, 2013]
Think maybe this is overworked? Think maybe the hosannas are reflexive, generalized? I did, and then I didn't. So now think Paul Simon instead if you insist, admittedly a great album. But Sgt. Pepper is a truer precedent, to wit: if you're smart you say where's the rebop, only if you're smarter you quickly figure out that maybe sustaining groove and unfailing exuberance don't matter as much as you believed. Each verse/chorus/bridge/intro melody, each lyric straight or knotty, each sound effect playful or perverse (or both)--each is pleasurable in itself and aptly situated in the sturdy songs and tracks, so that the whole signifies without a hint of concept. And crucially, the boy-to-man themes you'd figure come with several twists I've noticed so far and more no doubt to come. One is simply a right-on credo: "Age is an honor--it's still not the truth." Another is how much time Ezra Koenig spends wrestling a Jahweh-like hard case. The Big Guy comes out on the short end of a fight song called "Unbelievers," and a DJ "spinning 'Israelites' into 'Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown'" gives Him a nasty turn. But Koenig claims no permanent victory. Too smart. Too much a man, too. A+

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Modern Vampires of the City is perhaps the catchiest, most joyous-sounding album to explore death that I have ever heard. The third release from collegiate prep rockers Vampire Weekend shows emotional and musical growth as lead singer Ezra Koening struggles with his own mortality.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/modern_vampires_vampire_weekend

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barlesc
Jun 11, 2015

Great album, dumb title.

lasha4god Mar 21, 2015

At times bizarre but astoundingly catchy and familiar whilst being a timeless [head of it's time] sound. Stronger still are Ezra Koenig's lyrics which brim with themes of death, skepticism, politics and a weathered and weary faith. The album received alternative album of the year at the 2014 Grammys.

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MichelleBees
Sep 09, 2014

in agreement with all the positive reviews here. warning if you aren't familiar with vampire weekend: these songs are catchy. my young son is a big fan too!

bandblair Aug 07, 2014

Talented. Some really great stuff here.

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anthonybencivengo
Jul 12, 2013

Like all Vampire Weekend albums, its tracks vary in listenability. But even the songs with annoying or simply not very catchy melodies (which are a minority) at least make an interesting listen due to another characteristic of all Vampire Weekend albums - their willingness to experiment constantly with new sounds and new styles, often in ways that work brilliantly.

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Boranges
May 19, 2013

Vampire weekend never fails to impress.

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Santa Monica Staff Jan 04, 2014

Vampire Weekend may have finally given up on grad school and settled into a real job. On their third album, the grooves are stronger and more self-assured, the lyrics less pretentious, the harmonies more hymnlike. It's not dumbed down, it's just edited for management. Give the kids a raise.

From the RS review: "For the first time, Vampire Weekend evoke the spirit of their old influence Paul Simon – making music with precise craft and soul that speaks to the heart of city life – without sounding anything like Graceland."

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/best-albums-of-2013-mid-year-report-20130628/vampire-weekend-modern-vampires-of-the-city-19691231#ixzz2pSmHx4hD
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