Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
Critic Score
Based on 43 reviews
2013 Ratings: #49 / 1097
Year End Rank: #2
User Score
2013 Ratings: #8
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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. 

100
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.

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
Consequence of Sound

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

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
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
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.
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
Spectrum Culture

While these heavy topics might make the new VW record sound like a dry philosophical treatise, rest assured, it is not. The band tackles these deep themes with their characteristic light touch.

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
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
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
Rolling Stone

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

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
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.

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

Their erudition, musical and lyrical, remains a pleasure, but what convinces on Modern Vampires are their beating hearts.

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
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
American Songwriter

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

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
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.

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
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.

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

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
The Independent

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

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.

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.

Nightwing734
80

I love this album so fucking much, the production alone makes this an indie masterpiece in my opinion. I also really like the lyrics and themes on this album, and the cover art looks exactly the way this album sounds (if that makes any sense). This album also really grew on me since the first time I listened to it, some tracks on here just get better and better the more you listen to it. My only big complaint is that they could have ended it with a better song than Young Lion...or just remove ... read more

ElectricMess
NR

"I'm only going to listen to Obvious Bicycle. I have a ton of new stuff I should be listening to..."

*in the middle of Hannah Hunt*

"Dammit, Hannah..."

Favorite Tracks: Obvious Bicycle, Hannah Hunt, Step, Unbelievers, Hudson, Ya Hey, Diane Young, Worship You, Everlasting Arms

Least Favorite Track: Young Lion

DemaCalling96
84

Listening to first side: “yea ok this is cool”

Listening to second side: *DANCING UNCONTROLLABLY*

Ideekay
94

Existential crisis and toning it down didn't stop Vampire Weekend from crafting an equally or even more addictive than its predecessors, fantastic pop record.

David_CasillasZ
92

La versión más sofisticada, cursi y fresca de los Vampire Weekend

En 2013, los Vampire Weekend publicaron su tercer álbum de estudio, "Modern Vampires Of The City", que hoy en día es considerado su obra maestra; desde ese entonces, los liderados por Ezra Koenig lograron consolidarse como una de las agrupaciones indie más importantes y originales de la actualidad, por lo que es necesario revisitar el álbum que les dio las llaves del ... read more

Haise_pi
87

Vampire Weekend move away from their african inspired sound on this album and exchange it for a more experimental a dynamic instrumentation. The band feels like they've reached their final form and seem quite comfortable with their eccentricities...more so than on their previous album, whose entire theme was based on that idea.

Ezra (the vocalist) for instance has his best performances on this album, I mean he REALLY GOES OFF. The chipmunk effect on his voice in some of the tracks was ... read more

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Track List

1Obvious Bicycle
4:11
91
2Unbelievers
3:22
94
3Step
4:11
94
4Diane Young
2:40
94
5Don't Lie
3:33
89
6Hannah Hunt
3:57
94
7Everlasting Arms
3:03
86
8Finger Back
3:25
85
9Worship You
3:21
86
10Ya Hey
5:12
91
11Hudson
4:14
85
12Young Lion
1:45
84
Total Length: 43 minutes
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Added on: February 4, 2013