New Thing #350: Modern Vampires Of The City

Vampire_WeekendVampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City, which came out in May, had a good deal of buzz when it was released. And now it's getting a lot of end-of-year buzz as one of the best albums of 2013.

I was resistant to it for a while because, though I knew it was probably a New Thing in music I should try this year, well, I thought the band's name sounded scary.

I've thought that since I first heard about Vampire Weekend.

What's scarier than a weekend full of vampires?

Anyway, the music was not what I was expecting from a band called Vampire Weekend..and I did like the album.

This is another one of those bands that I don't really know what to call their genre.

They're kind of a combination of a number of musical styles.

And I can't really tell if that makes them very original or completely unoriginal.

Each of their songs reminded me of different music I've listened to, one of which was Arcade Fire, another was The Lumineers, but others I couldn't quite put my finger on.

It took me about 3 or 4 listens to really start loving the album. Right away I loved Unbelievers, the second track on the album. I defy you to not like that song.

The first song on the album, Obvious Bicycle, is kind of like what some would probably describe as an anthem - I like that one a lot too.

Then I think the rest of the first half of the album is good, but the second half of the album hasn't quite appealed to me as much yet.

I have a feeling I'll get there, because I don't mind listening to the album a few more times.

After all, I'm not scared of it anymore.

Here's Vampire Weekend performing Unbelievers on SNL - although I have to say I like the recorded version slightly better than the live one: