Modern Vampires of the City is a fantastically enjoyable album. The songs are precise and meticulously crafted works of a band that is finally stepping out of the shadows of their influences. There is subtlety like on “Hanna Hunt” and bombast like on “Diane Young.” There is experimentation like on “Step” and familiarity like on “Don’t Lie.”
Members of the band have said that this is the end of a trilogy. Their debut was fun and quirky; the follow-up worldly and ambitious. Modern Vampires feels like the best combination of both— a fully revised vision that is executed flawlessly. It is even more exciting thinking about where Vampire Weekend will go next.