When the first Vampire Weekend record came out, I didn’t like the band. I thought they were annoying, and didn’t want to hear any other music from them. Then “Modern Vampires Of The City” came out, and blew me away. I had to change my mind, and I wrote a review that expressed my change, and with that, I posted it on my music review site. Well, since I’m migrating posts to this site, I wanted to include it today, because it’s a random Tuesday, and I felt like listening to Vampire Weekend today. Here you go, buckos!
The one record that knew I was going to hate when it was announced was the sophomore release from Vampire Weekend. I had no reason to like it, and I hated their debut record. The band came across as lame, and superfluous to me, but then they unleashed this bad boy. The first single had me second guessing my own musical tastes.
The band threw together one nifty record and it is less novelty and more musicianship. It feels like an older album, as there are moments that really capture the essence of melody. The drums, the guitar, the vocals all melt together into a true alternative gem. I think that they finally hit their stride, and whatever it was they were trying to do on the first record didn’t really mesh well like this one. I tried to listen to their previous effort again, and it just didn’t do it for me, so I wrote a review of this one, and posted it on my old site. That page crumbled because I couldn’t pay the bills, and here it is getting new life into a blog that I hope will maintain composure.
The following is the original review for this record, taken from my previous site and given new life for you, the reader. Enjoy.
When I first heard Diane Young from the latest release of the band Vampire Weekend, I was quick to dismiss it. I was tired, it was late, and the SNL performance that they did wasn’t exactly catching on with me. It wasn’t until I listened to the whole record that I realized that the band had done something that few bands have done in their history, and that’s create a record that you have to listen to completely through. That’s right, you can’t expect to get through this latest one with just skipping around from track to track on shuffle with your iPod.
Vampire Weekend’s latest record, Modern Vampires of the City, is one of the best examples of how modern music can still maintain a sense of alternative flair without sacrificing creativity, and at times rock influence. This is the same kind of essence that made bands in the 90s successes overnight, and if there was a music video channel that still was worth watching, the band would be #1 with a bullet. I can see their latest opus sandwich between Blind Melon, Greenday, and others of the period that were getting called all sorts of genres, when in reality, they just wanted to play music.
Aside from the initial single and music video that is getting heavy rotation on vevo and other areas, Vampire Weekend really does come through with something worthwhile. From the slow opening track to the upbeat rhythm section and guitar work that is definitely nothing new, you’ll find that there is something to appreciate, even if you’re jaded and are selling out your ethos to become the next Don Draper or something like that.
Whether you’re on a boat with your dumb looking shoes, in college and trying to rip another load, or you’re like me, a 30 something writer struggling to create a novel that will get your student loans paid, you will appreciate the essence of this rock band in a way that few other releases will get you up to this day. I find that Modern Vampires of the City will definitely be worth more than one listen, and to this point, is my favorite record of 2013. You owe it to yourself to listen to the latest from Vampire Weekend, and see if you too are as fascinated by the structure and simplicity that is easily found in the record.