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Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of The City

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Item #: 15267386
    Lyricist: Ezra Koenig. Personnel: Ezra Koenig (vocals); Rostam Batmanglij (guitars, banjo, piano, keyboards, shaker, drum programming, background vocals); Chris Tomson (drums). Audio Mixers: Justin Gerrish; Rostam Batmanglij; Ariel Rechtshaid. Recordin......more
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Artist: Vampire Weekend
Description:
Lyricist: Ezra Koenig. Personnel: Ezra Koenig (vocals); Rostam Batmanglij (guitars, banjo, piano, keyboards, shaker, drum programming, background vocals); Chris Tomson (drums). Audio Mixers: Justin Gerrish; Rostam Batmanglij; Ariel Rechtshaid. Recording information: Downtown Studios, New York, NY; Echo Park Back House, Los Angeles, CA; RB's Apt; Slow Death Studios, Burbank; Vox Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Photographer: Neal Boenzi. At the time of its release, Modern Vampires of the City was touted as a "deeper" offering from Vampire Weekend. While that's true to an extent, it downplays the equally heartfelt and clever songs on their first two albums. What is undeniable is that Modern Vampires is a lot less obviously showy than the band's previous work. They trade in Contra's bright eclecticism for a less audacious production style and smaller instrumental palette: guitar, organ, harpsichord, and the occasional sample combine into a rarefied sound that suggests a more introspective version of their debut, and the band bookends the album with some of its most literal and insular chamber pop on "Obvious Bicycle" and "Young Lion." Modern Vampires' quieter approach also showcases what might be most enduring about Vampire Weekend's music -- endearing melodies and carefully crafted lyrics. It also fits Ezra Koenig's preoccupations on this set of songs, chief among them the fact that we're all going to die. The band sums up all of this brilliantly on "Step," where the music's hip-hop beats and harpsichords reflect the allusions to Souls of Mischief and growing pains in Koenig's lyrics. Elsewhere, Vampire Weekend tones down the quirks that may have polarized listeners before; songs like "Everlasting Arms" and "Unbelievers" walk the fine line between cheery and grating so well that they could win over those who previously found them too peppy and preppy. Similarly, Modern Vampires of the City's political allusions are also subtler than they were on Contra, where the band bra...
See Also:
Vampire Weekend
See Influences:
The Kinks, The Police, The Beatles, Pavement, Orange Juice, The Clash, The Strokes, Spoon, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, The Fall, Talking Heads, Simon & Garfunkel, XTC, Skeleton Key, Fela Kuti, Ramones
See Contemporaries:
Two Spot Gobi, Wild Cub, Architecture in Helsinki, The Dodos, Islands, Shout Out Louds, The Unicorns, Beirut, White Rabbits, Sufjan Stevens, Ra Ra Riot, The Postelles, Professor Murder, Cayucas, Tokyo Police Club, Jens Lekman, Yeasayer, The Whitest Boy Alive, The Apples in Stereo, Arcade Fire, Stepdad, Slam Donahue, The Fiery Furnaces, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Ski Lodge
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Obvious Bicycle
  2. 2 Unbelievers
  3. 3 Step
  4. 4 Diane Young
  5. 5 Don't Lie
  6. 6 Hannah Hunt
  7. 7 Everlasting Arms
  8. 8 Finger Back
  9. 9 Worship You
  10. 10 Ya Hey
  11. 11 Hudson
  12. 12 Young Lion
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Label:
XL Recordings
Producer:
Rostam Batmanglij; Ariel Rechtshaid
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
42 : 54
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (p.67) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Vampire Weekend have gotten better and just about everything they do. The grooves -- always the thing that made the band's twee side work -- are more self-assured." Entertainment Weekly (p.71) - "VW's elegant under-the-chandelier pop numbers and jaunty upper-crust punk rave-ups still provide subtext-free sonic pleasures....Bright and sweet with plenty to chew on." -- Grade: A- CMJ - "In a jarringly beautiful manner, Vampire Weekend has grown....MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE CITY stands to become the group's PAUL'S BOUTIQUE, raising the bar from being a fun but safe band to breaking ground ahead of their peers." Billboard (p.41) - "The new set is the group's most accomplished work to date....Just fine-tuned, expertly crafted music." Q (Magazine) (p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] clever record. It's also, however, one that glows with tangible human warmth, heartbeat never failing to keep pace with its brainwaves." Mojo (Publisher) (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] the fragrant baroque-pop of 'Step' and the maniacal ivory hammering of 'Unbelievers.'"
UPC:
634904055622
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