Sound — 7
Alternative indie rock band Vampire Weekend are making their 2013 return a broad one, with their new studio album, "Modern Vampires Of The City." The band is still relatively new, their first studio album being released just five years ago, yet they're a familiar name to most mainstream rock radio listeners. Their past two studio album have spawned a multitude of hits, which include "The Kids Don't Stand A Chance," "Oxford Comma," and "Holiday," the last of which was widely featured in television commercials and studio films. Just like with their earlier efforts, this new studio album is built around fresh sounding guitar licks and memorable vocal harmonies, which is proudly showcased throughout all 12 new tracks. Whether it's the slower paced rockers such as "Step" or "Ya Hey," or the more traditional riff racers like "Diane Young," Vampire Weekend only continues to strengthfully dominate. Their original, now signature sound has again been fully embraced, and helps add a familiar, slightly nostalgic feel to the entire album. Instead of an album that shows the band experimenting with different elements and style, "Modern Vampires Of The City" is just a collection of standout tracks that sounds like what you would casually expect to follow "Contra."
Lyrics — 8
Ask any fan of the band's earlier works, and they will tell you how much lead vocalist Ezra Koenig affected the band's sound. He isn't one of those singers that adds dizzying amounts of swagger and attitude into his performance, and he isn't one of those singer that applies mood altering amounts of depression into his singing style. He falls somewhere in between, which helps provide each track with a moderately positive feel and attitude, and always is what brings a song together when musically it's a bit lacking.
Overall Impression — 8
"Modern Vampires Of The City" is a standout effort from alt rockers Vampire Weekend that has the group embracing their own personal musical style without even encouraging any outside influences, which leads for a consistently enjoyable listening experience. A worthy followup to the band's existing catalogue, that any established fan will be able to appreciate, and has enough of a light positive feel to attract any newcomer.