Thirsty Fans Finally Satisfied: Modern Vampires of the City
After a lack luster sophomore performance, Vampire Weekend returns to the world stage with the much anticipated album Modern Vampires of the City. It features a progressive mix of melodic up beat tones as well as laid back songs that show a wide range of world influences in the music. The new album breaks out of the old college dorm room musings, and deals with much heavier topics.
Time is a topic that is dealt with heavily in Modern Vampires of the City. The irony of the subject is that the band mates are all about to turn 30. In their mind so much has changed since their college days and that is reflected in the lyrics. For example, the song, “Diane Young” grapples with dying young. If “Diane Young” is pronounced making it sound as if, lead singer Ezra Koenig, is saying “dying young.” In an interview , Koenig said, “I had this feeling that the world doesn’t want a song called ‘Dying Young’ it just sounded so heavy and self-serious, whereas ‘Diane Young’ sounded like a nice person’s name.”
The maturation of subject matter leads to a more contemplative Vampire Weekend. The lyrics are mixed in well with upbeat tunes and slow melodic beats. The music truly reflects the bands diverse New York upbringing, with many different influences heard throughout the lyrics and especially the instrumental parts of the album. Some of the prevalent aspects of the music that catapults Vampire Weekend into a genre of its own is the use of African influenced instruments, loud brass, and synth beats.
Modern Vampires of the City truly showcases the last album of the “young” Vampire Weekend that has captured the hearts of many people. The album slowly transitions out of “childhood.” I look at the album as bridge between eras for the band. Ezra Koenig’s voice blares through even the worst speaker making this album such a smooth listen. I give it a solid B.