Immediately infectious tracks like “Diane Young” are the exception, not the defining lines of Vampire Weekend’s newest album. Anyone with more than 30 seconds worth of patience, however, should be able to instantly see the other song’s appeal and the reason everyone is getting more than a little excited with the band’s 3rd studio album.
‘Modern Vampires of The City’ utilizes its allotted time, not taking any song for granted, to break any binds that previously held the band from recognition of mainstream greatness, rather than just great mainstream pop.
Pointed and purposeful, Ezra Koenig’s vocal effort on the new release, like previous releases, is reason enough to press play. The album’s sonic dynamic is crafted in a way that no song is bigger or smaller than it can support with each instrument living comfortably in a carved out space.
Any hyperbole could be put to rest based on the depth of the lyrics, some that dance and wind around in spectacular fashion, others that take a more serious look at life. Any fawning hopefully won’t be regretted later on the simple observation that this is an album built track after track rather than by any one or two single songs. Repeat plays show a different aspect each time. So, while this certainly could live independently as someone’s soundtrack to summer 2013, it also has enough strength to live on well past the coming season.
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