AOTY 2017
Modern Vampires of the City
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
Critic Score
Based on 36 reviews
2013 Ratings: #26 / 939
Year End Rank: #2
User Score
Based on 892 ratings
2013 Ratings: #1
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pretty Much Amazing

At this point, if you’re still hating on this band, you’re either trolling or just not listening. So listen. Don’t wait. 

100
A.V. Club

Unlike its two predecessors, which burned hot but only in spots, Modern Vampires feels like a rare thought-through album in the iTunes age. 

93
Pitchfork

After years of engaging with anything and everything in reach, Vampire Weekend are now a primary source in their own right.

91
Entertainment Weekly

Modern Vampires is the perfect album for the coming Atlantic summer. Think of it like saltwater taffy: bright and sweet, with plenty to chew on.

90
DIY

What makes this album is that they haven’t forgotten to match this intellect and emotion with giddy, unabashed fun and mile-wide smiling.

90
Drowned in Sound

Modern Vampires Of The City (bloomin’ marvelous title, FYI) overshadows such petty concerns by simply being immaculate, beautifully balanced and enthralling pop music.

90
Consequence of Sound

It’s content to expound upon the Vampire Weekend aesthetic in inventive, imaginative, and undeniably successful ways.

90
Under The Radar

The album still comes as a surprise, perhaps because Vampire Weekend appeared to arrive fully formed, and to see them grow is to understand that behind all the ease and good times is tremendously hard work.

90
No Ripcord

Modern Vampires of the City is nothing short of a pop music achievement, a standout album in a year full of standout albums. 

90
Rolling Stone

Vampire Weekend have gotten better at just about everything they do.

90
Slant Magazine

The songs may be dense and literary, but they're also immediately potent on a purely visceral level, striking a perfect balance that makes for what's perhaps the best album in a year already thick with great material.

90
Billboard

On "Modern Vampires," there's no reaching for the elusive crossover hit, no beating listeners over the head with overdone choruses -- just quality music, which, so far, has worked out just fine.

90
Clash

‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ conveys one hell of a sense of permanence from a band that once seemed ephemeral and frivolous.

90
Uncut
If in the past you’ve admired Vampire Weekend from a distance, this is the album that should have you falling in love with them.
87
Paste

It may not meet the high standards of Contra, but these new songs come pretty close, which is no small feat. And they may even convert a few non-believers along the way.

85
Beats Per Minute

Modern Vampires of the City finds the band in both familiar and unfamiliar territory, and it’s pure pleasure hearing them navigate these waters.

80
Spin

Like art, Vampires is dense; like pop, it seems to float in effortlessly from some place you're sure you've been, but by some trick of déjà vu eludes your conscious brain.

80
musicOMH

On their third full-length, Modern Vampires Of The City, Vampire Weekend feel like a band in transition, dealing with their own mortality, and looking to trade in their sun-bleached, pigeonholed world-pop for something with teeth.

80
AllMusic

Ultimately, Modern Vampires of the City is more thoughtful than it is dark, balancing its more serious moments with a lighter touch and more confidence than they've shown before.

80
PopMatters

Unlike Vampire Weekend and Contra, there is a less of an emphasis on inventive takes of differing genres. The group here instead aims at a core style—best described as “old with the new”—that spins off in divergent directions.

80
FACT Magazine

This album is as life-affirming a piece of music as anything else you’ll hear this year: there’s nothing more uplifting than a good band getting better.

80
American Songwriter

It’s time to start thinking of Vampire Weekend not as upstarts but as one of the world’s best bands

80
Exclaim!

The album is both more mature and personal than anything they've done previously, providing a ruminative, thoughtful take on love and death seen through the prism of temporality

80
The Guardian
Vampire Weekend suddenly sound like a band in it for the long haul.
80
NOW Magazine

Nothing seems off-limits, and yet it gels, thanks in part to constant melodic inventiveness and singer Ezra Koenig's refreshingly nerdy wordplay, which at times is as intricate and descriptive as hip-hop and elsewhere simple and tantalizingly elusive.

75
The 405

Whilst it isn't the sound of a band who have shed their skin or exposed a dark underbelly, Modern Vampires Of The City is perhaps their most accomplished profusion of hooks to date.

72
Northern Transmissions

The different use of instrument and percussion in Modern Vampires Of The City give Vampire Weekend a striking sound, different from many of their contemporaries. Yep, they’re still ahead of the game.

70
The Fly

Though ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ is flawed – there’s no stand-out single, and the low-key ‘Obvious Bicycle’ is far too sombre to justify its billing as the opening track – repeat listens to this third act are rewarded.

70
NME

This is a gorgeous album, but sacrifices had to be made. They’ve undeniably lost something that made them special in the first place.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Koenig is engaged with the world in a serious way that doesn’t preclude fun or playfulness. And even as the band’s sound has evolved, the music remains immaculately crafted and distinctively its own. 

70
FasterLouder

The record’s better executed moments (‘Unbelievers’, ‘Ya Hey’) are widescreen and epic; adjectives one would never have associated with Vampire Weekend’s first two albums

70
The Needle Drop

Vampire Weekend's latest album is a worth sequel to 2010's Contra, presenting songs that truly stand on the merits of their memorable writing and lush instrumentation.

65
Under The Radar

Modern Vampires of the City contains something no other Vampire Weekend album has—boring songs. Trilogies don't often end well, and while there's more good than bad, it's still disappointing when listeners know what could have been. 

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

It’s safe to say that, at this point, what Vampire Weekend has to say with Modern Vampires of the City is relevant and tired all the same. It’s an honest delivery, but they are essentially preaching to the choir.

60
The Independent

Experimentation is generally to be applauded, but too often here it works to the detriment of the songs.

50
Sputnikmusic

It’s really too bad, then, that Modern Vampires couldn’t have been a more interesting--or easily definable--failure. As it stands, it’s just another Vampire Weekend album, except the songs are less catchy and more sterile this time around.

Dec 30, 2013
100
Of the 3 albums that Vampire Weekend has released, I have to say I think this is their best effort. This album is flawless, and is like a fine wine, because it gets better with each and every listen.
Dec 30, 2016
dyelir
94
They're an indie rock band, but fortunately they're starting sound less like it. Modern Vampires displays these pompous young adults from New York honing in on their old-money label ("Don't forget the rich ones who were kind", they say) and their status as "soft". These aren't songs as much as they are lullabies, every single one of them.
Dec 26, 2016
96
Has to be one of my favorite releases of this decade. Every one of these songs is spectacular on their own, yet together they assemble into a thematically and sonically coherent and consistent work. By marrying their trademark infectious melodies with thoughtful and well-conceived overarching themes and a newfound sophistication, they achieve a full-fledged masterpiece. Never gets old.
Jul 30, 2017
ryansliao
77
I got exactly what I expected. This is a very pleasant sounding album consisting of terrific songwriting and airtight melodies.

Best Tracks: Obvious Bicycle, Unbelievers, Diane Young, Don't Lie, Worship You
Worst Tracks: Finger Back
Mar 30, 2017
cshults
90
Modern soundtrack of NYC


Added on: February 4, 2013