With the release of "Modern Vampires of the City" the 'Alternative' rock band Vampire Weekend have created a modern alt rock classic.
I'm no music reviewer... in fact, to be honest I usually struggle to understand what music reviews mean. What does "rich texture" mean when talking about music? Or a soundscape? What the heck is that?
I'm a music lover, but I'm really not into descriptions of what I hear. If I like it, I'll generally listen to it, and I'll even mention the band and/or artist to my friends and family.
The first time that I'd ever even heard of Vampire Weekend, I was watching Saturday Night Live back in 2008 and they were advertised as next week's musical guest. I said to my wife, "Who the heck is Vampire Weekend?" I think I was expecting some sort of Goth/Punk/Hardcore band. The next week they came on and played "A-Punk", and it took me about 15 seconds to decide that I liked them.
Here is the live performance from SNL of the first single "Diane Young" from MVoftheC.
Vampire Weekend is just getting better and better.
The last album that I was THIS addicted to, was Torches by Foster the People. And, Modern Vampires of the City is a much, much better album than that. I enjoy listening to the whole thing... but if you want to check out some standout tracks.....try these:
However, if reviews are your thing...here are a few for Modern Vampires of the City:
So, if you like music, and you like 'alternative' music, but with a little 'pop' thrown in there...give Vampire Weekend a listen. It's good stuff. I'll leave you with "Walcott" one of their first hits from the debut album.